Knowledge Grades: What is God Knowledge (Complete Knowledge)?June 26, 2021
Spinoza also describes this as intuition or intuition knowledge.
This type of knowledge “continues from an adequate concept of the formal essence of certain attributes of God to an adequate knowledge of modus (objects)” (Ethics II). The main purpose of philosophy is to reach this knowledge system. Because it means seeing all reality under the mode of infinity (sub specie aeternitatis) in order to submit to the necessary structure of the universe system.
As he reveals in the Essay on the Correction of the Mind, the correct method in philosophy is to free the mind from fuzzy and inappropriate concepts and to bring it to adequate concepts. Appropriate concept or knowledge, according to him, is the same thing, a concept that reflects reality and whose accuracy can be seen clearly. According to Spinoza, intuitive knowledge or complete knowledge enables to see and comprehend the world as a coherent whole in which all beings are bound together with each other.
Therefore, it is necessary to be able to rise up to this stage in the grading of knowledge. Scientific knowledge, that is, reason knowledge, can make up for the deficiency of the lowest type of knowledge. Since the knowledge of reason is suitable for its object, it is absolutely correct like intuition knowledge. However, the unity of universe reality cannot be fully captured here. Integration of this stage of knowledge with the knowledge of God, for which it is appropriate to be qualified as complete knowledge, enables to comprehend the universe in its entirety, on the level of knowledge, without dividing or dividing it.
Since Spinoza’s understanding of existence and substance has been discussed in detail above in relation to his understanding of knowledge, at this stage it would be appropriate to examine his approach to the mind-body relationship problem inherited from Descartes.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook