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Dimitris Vardoulakis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672806

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672806.001.0001

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What Is a Proof in Spinoza’s Ethics?

What Is a Proof in Spinoza’s Ethics?

(p.39) 2 What Is a Proof in Spinoza’s Ethics?
Spinoza Now

Alain Badiou

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the conflict of interpretation generated by Spinoza, and especially his Ethics, and proposes a solution to this problem. Examining a single proposition from Ethics, it shows that the way the proof of the proposition is related to previous propositions, axioms, definitions, and so on, is indispensable in understanding Ethics. The chapter also argues that the distinction between the infinite and the definite is strictly relational. The geometrical order creates a web of relations that structure Ethics. The ratiocination and the order of being are correlated. Moreover, Spinoza propounds a mathematics of Being—an ontology according to which thinking or the intellect is action as such.

Keywords:   Spinoza, Ethics, proposition, infinite, geometrical order, thinking, intellect, action

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