Scholarship on Spinoza in the last decade has increasingly recognized that he opposed the observational (empirical) and mathematical analyses of nature.
How does life emerge from that which is not alive? This mystery exercises a peculiar fascination, with the power to elicit remarkable feats of imagination.
Phillip E. put it this way: “Take the ring to Mount Doom where only a miracle will save you and see.” This is one of the key lessons he taught me: dare to win.
It’s helpful, as with his Third Way, to begin with a metaphor, in order to get an intuitive feel for the proof.
St. Thomas laid the intellectual groundwork for modern natural science — the absolute distinction between existence and essence.