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I suspect, however, that Leibniz would regard them as still failing the other test, holding that even an unsplittable atom is still an aggregate, although a tightly bound one, of its parts. Anyway, he would not have tolerated for one moment, any more than Descartes or Spinoza would, the idea that the extended world is composed of atoms. The other possible escape is to say that reality does not consist of ultimate things at all, and that the concept of a substance should give way to that of substance.
Notice that although the usual view implies that certain passages are misleading, so does Curley's unusual view. He would also have ro say that when a friend of Spinoza's, in Letter 8, moves smoothly from 'constitute two substances' to phrases about how the nature of a substance is constituted and about attributes which a substance has, Spinoza ought to have corrected this misunderstanding in Letter 9. No such correction occurs. On the contrary, in Letter 9 Spinoza himself speaks of 'attributing' attributes to a substance.
Will end, but all along we shall be dealing with ever smaller quantities of stuff. 6. Spinoza's use of 'substance' is marked by all the features I have been discussing. The Ethics is deeply committed to the view that any thing other 7. New EJJays, p. 378. 8. For a helpful introduction, see W. V. Quine, Word and Object (Cambridge, 6. , p. 107. , 1960) , § § 19-20. (3) THE ONE SUBSTANCE DOCTRINE than the one substance is adjectival upon it-is a property or state or (Spinoza's favourite term here) 'mode' of it.
A Study of Spinoza's Ethics by Jonathan Bennett