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Re: [spinoza-ethics] Spinoza and Advayavada Buddhism

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  • scholargypsy@aol.com
    This message was delayed due to neglect by the list owner. I apologize. Lancelot Fletcher list owner
    Message 1 of 12 , Jan 19, 2002
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      This message was delayed due to neglect by the list owner. I apologize.

      Lancelot Fletcher
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      yes, I do agree, and find this equipoise in Santayana, as well


      > << Perhaps you can help me in my understanding. In Buddhism, the "self" is
      > an
      > illusion, Maya, unreal- even the face beneath the mask dissolves. In
      > Christianity, the "self" is "...all too real," in that it is interrogated,
      > must bear witness against itself, but is not considered illusory. Where
      > does
      > Spinoza fall in this particular conflict between the East & West? Is the
      > Self real? Is "personal identity" intact? I have a view but it is not
      > sophisticated, so forgive me for asking a question without suggesting a
      > solution... >>
      >
      > Claude,
      >
      > My short and hopefully equally unsophisticated answer to this question is
      > that nowhere does Spinoza say that one should reject the world of
      > space/time
      > or the identity of the self who occupies it in order to arrive at knowledge
      >
      > of the third kind. And, if you believe as I do, that Spinoza enjoyed the
      > blessings of which he speaks in Part V, then by his example we see that he
      > retained his sense of personal identity and a very active interest in all
      > the
      > ways of the world. His most specific statements regarding the effects of
      > his
      > enlightenment were that it brought him pleasure and that he hoped he could
      > help others to enjoy the pleasures and blessings that accrue to those who
      > achieve an intuitive understanding of God or Nature.
      >
      > Michelle Quigley
      >



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