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Originality of the concept of expression', Deleuze says, `shows itself here: essence,insofar as it has existence,has no existenceoutside the attribute in which it is expressed; and yet, as essence,it relates only to substance. An essenceis expressedby eachattribute, but this as an essenceof substance itself. Infinite essencesare distinguishedthrough the attributes in which they find expression,but are identified in the substanceto which they relate. We everywhere confront the necessity of distinguishing three terms: substance which expresses itself, the attribute which expresses, and the essence which is expressed.

Conatus entails the relationality of modes, in that modal essenceconsists in the creation and maintenance of relations which augment being. 49. Seealso EIP29: `In nature there is nothing contingent, but all things have been determinedfrom the necessityof the divine nature to exist andproduce an effect in by God in have been 3: `Things EIP3 and no other way, no other in a certain way'; and produced could been have they produced. order than 39 mind) cannot exist without a body (a proportion of the attribute of extension, for example, a human body).

It is through attributes that essence is distinguished from substance, but through essencethat substance is itself distinguished from attributes: a triad eachof whose terms serves 33 term in the two as a middle relating others, three syllogisms. 34 Spinoza's formal distinction, or rather what Deleuze makes of it, is vital to his ontology difference, is of positive and one of the key principles he appropriates. 27-28. 34Deleuze, Expressionism in Philosophy, 38. As Macherey p. points out, this type of distinction in terms of "quiddities" is not Spinozist, but rather derives from the medieval philosophy of Duns Scotus.

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