Ethica: Work without obstacles: video online

ETHICA. Work Without Obstacles.

A video presentation of ETHICA is now online in French and English on Vimeo at the following address :

in english  :
in french :

ETHICA is a web application for the Ethics, by Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)

Author : Patrick Fontana

Scientific director: Lorenzo Vinciguerra (directeur du CRAE, EA 4291, UPJV, Amiens)

ETHICA, Work without obstacles, is an internet application which is a digital and augmented edition of a major philosophical book, the Ethics by Spinoza (1632-1677). This web application is free. It has been developed with freeware.

Using a digital application, ETHICA makes visible the structure of Spinoza’s text, thanks to a graphic that allows a dynamic visualisation of the work in 3D.

Using digital tools, ETHICA users can visualise the text, read it, explore it in a free, innovative and intuitive way, with the support of a digital archive that contains original video and audio commentaries by 100 philosophers from more than 40 universities around the world.

The user will be able to build her own reading patterns, record them and share them with other members of the network, thus contributing to the construction of an open community that is engaged in creating an active knowledge of our historical and philosophical past.

It is a broad-scope project, bridging the gap between artistic creation and international scientific research, hence the noticeable transdiscipinarity of the project.

Patrick Fontana, artist and the author of ETHICA, liaised with Professor Lorenzo Vinciguerra, the director of the Centre de Recherche en Arts et Esthétique (art and aesthetics research centre, CRAE, EA 4291, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens).

ETHICA by now brings together the Spinozist community: 40 universities, 20 nationalities with 12 languages, and 90 philosophers (we aim at 100).

ETHICA is produced by Patrick Fontana and TYGRYZ COMPAGNIE.


  1. Absolutely flabbergasting and beautiful. It gave me chills to follow along with the graphics, text and audio.
    Thank you Patrick and all of your colleagues, masterful work.
    Charles Milton Saunders
    Spinoza author,
    Letters to No One in Particular
    An Illustration and Discussion of Spinoza’s ‘Fragment’
    Available free from the Kindle lending library

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