Readers of Spinoza's philosophy have often been daunted, and
sometimes been enchanted, by the geometrical method which he
employs in his philosophical masterpiece the Ethics. In Meaning in
Spinoza's Method Aaron Garrett examines this method and suggests
that its purpose, in Spinoza's view, was not just to present claims
and propositions but also in some sense to change the readers and
allow them to look at themselves and the world in a different way.
His discussion draws not only on Spinoza's works but also on those
of the philosophers who influenced Spinoza most strongly, including
Hobbes, Descartes, Maimonides and Gersonides. This controversial
book will be of interest to historians of philosophy and to anyone
interested in the relation between form and content in
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