Geometrical Figures in Spinoza's Book of Nature

@article{Homan2018GeometricalFI,
  title={Geometrical Figures in Spinoza's Book of Nature},
  author={Matthew Homan},
  journal={Journal of the History of Philosophy},
  year={2018},
  volume={56},
  pages={455 - 476}
}
Emphasizing the abstractness of figures, recent scholarship has tended to reject the standard view that geometrical figures belong in Spinoza’s “book of nature.” In this paper, I outline an interpretation of Spinozan nature as geometrically tractable that both addresses the challenges facing the standard view and clarifies its basis. I argue that many of the problems that have been raised about figures are actually problems for bodies qua finite, not qua figural. To the extent that finite… CONTINUE READING

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