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Benedict de Spinoza/Elwes Part 5

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Benedict de Spinoza, THE ETHICS
(Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata) 

Translated by R.  H.  M.  Elwes 

PART V: Of the Power of the Understanding, or of Human Freedom 

PREFACE
At length I pass to the remaining portion of my Ethics, which is concerned
with the way leading to freedom.  I shall therefore treat therein of the
power of the reason, showing how far the reason can control the emotions,
and what is the nature of Mental Freedom or Blessedness; we shall then be
able to see, how much more powerful the wise man is than the ignorant.
It is no part of my design to point out the method and means whereby the
understanding may be perfected, nor to show the skill whereby the body may
be so tended, as to be capable of the due performance of its functions.  The
latter question lies in the province of Medicine, the former in the province
of Logic.  Here, therefore, I repeat, I shall treat only of the power of the

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