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Following Traces in the Sand: Spinoza on Semiotics


The distinction between philosophical and prophetic revelation, the separation between philosophy and theology, the theory of truth and certainty, and the passages of the KV dedicated to divine revelation all depend on signs. The Platonic etymology that combines sema and soma links the philosophical destiny of the sign to that of the body, providing the fundamental opening to the long history of dualism between body and soul. Spinoza stresses the importance of distinguishing between imagination and intellection. To think of Spinoza's epistemology means to insert correctly the infinite bodies modified in infinite ways into the ontological and cosmological framework. Spinoza's definition of images lies in the physical essence of the mark. Spinoza's semiotics will then appear perhaps less anomalous than it could have seemed at a first sight, even if, for this reason, no less original.
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hal-03724187 , version 1 (15-07-2022)



Lorenzo Vinciguerra. Following Traces in the Sand: Spinoza on Semiotics. Melamed, YY. Companion to Spinoza, Wiley, pp.474-482, 2021, Blackwell Companions to Philosophy, 978-1-119-53864-6. ⟨10.1002/9781119538349.ch44⟩. ⟨hal-03724187⟩


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