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  1. Among those who influenced Spinoza's thought, a special place is occupied by Maimonides aka Moshe ben Maimon aka RAMBAM. He introduced the neo-Platonic “negative theology” into Judaism in the key of Jewish thought, and on its basis defined “attributes of God” and so on, not through definition, but from the opposite, calling what they are not. For a medieval philosopher” suffering ” from rationalism, surrounded by ignorance, such a course of thought may not seem more accurate, and less applied.

  2. I think that's a good question. Consider the example of a banana. You know, a banana is a vegetable. Well, such a yellow, sweet taste, but a vegetable. That's all there is to it, and you can't change my mind. A vegetable. And then they say to me: “Seryozha, a banana is a fruit!”, and on my” Justify ” they give me definitions of banana, fruit and vegetable at the same time. Well, what is not a denial of the fact that a banana is a vegetable? Although only definitions.

    Thus, Spinoza most likely meant that a formalized and generally accepted definition puts a certain framework around the description of the object of conversation, which is either impossible or difficult to go beyond, and whoever tries to do this will be wrong: his statement will deny the definition itself.

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