# Why does Spinoza structure the ethics similarily to Euclid’s geometry?

## What is Spinoza’s geometrical method?

The Geometrical Method is the style of proof (also called “demonstration”) that was used in Euclid’s proofs in geometry, and that was used in philosophy in Spinoza’s proofs in his Ethics. The term appeared first in 16th century Europe when mathematics was on an upswing due to the new science of mechanics.

## Why was Euclidean geometry important?

Despite its antiquity, it remains one of the most important theorems in mathematics. It enables one to calculate distances or, more important, to define distances in situations far more general than elementary geometry. For example, it has been generalized to multidimensional vector spaces.

## Who believed that the four elements can be described geometrically What do you think was his basis for stating so?

Around 350 BC, the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, in his book Timaeus, theorized that these four elements were all aggregates of tiny solids (in modern parlance, atoms).

## What do you understand by Spinoza’s statement that what is Cannot be other than what it is explain?

Spinoza’s Ontological Argument, once unpacked, is as follows: When two things have nothing in common, one cannot be the cause of the other (Premise 1, E1p3). It is impossible for two substances to have the same attribute (or essence) (Premise 2, E1p5).

## Who followed geometric method in philosophy?

We thus come to the real causes that led Spinoza to make use of the geometrical method in his philosophical system. He believed that this method was pedagogically the correct one because he believed deduction was the correct way to establish truth.

## Which approaches can be used to teach geometry?

The display method is the best method of teaching geometry.

In this method, the teacher is used to explain the concept using concrete objects. So, it is easy to explain geometry using this method.

## Why does Spinoza think there Cannot be more than one substance with the same Nature?

There must be a substance with all possible attributes. There cannot be two substances with an attribute in common. So, there cannot be more than one substance.

## Why does Spinoza think that in Nature nothing is contingent?

After all, this is the philosopher who claims that “in nature there is nothing contingent, but all things have been determined from the necessity of the divine nature to exist and produce an effect in a certain way” (Ip29) and that “things could have been produced by God in no other way, and in no other order than they …

## Why does Spinoza say that God and Nature are identical?

On either interpretation, Spinoza’s move is a naturalistic and reductive one. God is identical either with all of Nature or with only a part of Nature; for this reason, Spinoza shares something with the reductive pantheist.

## What is different about Descartes and Spinoza’s concepts of substance?

However, whereas Descartes held that distinct bodies are distinct extended substances, Spinoza famously holds that there is but one substance—God or nature—and that distinct bodies are merely modes of this one substance, considered as extended.

## How are Descartes and Spinoza similar?

Both Spinoza and Descartes subscribe to the rationalist epistemology which claims that knowledge must be self-evident and derived from reasoning, rather than experience. As such, both philosophers believe in apriori knowledge, in which true knowledge is derived prior to experiences as experiences can be deceiving.

## What is Spinoza’s parallelism?

Spinoza states that the causal orders found in the attributes of thought and extension are “one and the same.” Hence the common description of Spinoza as endorsing psycho-physical parallelism, or the thesis that the mental and physical realms are isomorphic.