The Geometrical Method in Spinoza's EthicsAlan Nelson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
March 31, 2023, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Department of Philosophy, The University of Western Ontario
1151 Richmond Street
Spinoza's master work, the Ethics is famously presented in a geometrical style demonstrating propositions from definitions and axioms. People dispute whether this is merely style or whether Spinoza's philosophy somehow depends on this form of presentation. I argue that the way in which Spinoza's philosophy requires conscious perceptions of truths, not mere representations of truths, means that the geometrical exposition is a matter of style.
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