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More geometrico
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The term more geometrico (Latin: “in a geometric manner/style”) was introduced into European philosophy primarily through the writings of Baruch de Spinoza. In his Ethica, ordine [or, often: more] geometrico demonstrata (1677; “Ethics, demonstrated in the geometric manner”), he presented a much-discussed system of philosophical ethics that he considered not only as categorically binding as the system of classical (Hellenistic) geometry, but also as treating its subjects just as literally and precisely as that geometry. In the foreword to Part Thre…

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Epple, Moritz, “More geometrico”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024302>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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