A Statistical Study of Spinoza’s Ethics

NB: this project was posted on the SRN website last year and is being re-posted to adapt to the new website format.

From Herb Roseman: Spinoza’s Euclidian logic can be represented by a mathematical object called a digraph (directed graph) which can be used to visualize and explore the Ethics.  Although others have published studies of the Ethics as a digraph on the Internet, I believe the approach can be pushed further by applying recently developed statistical tools for studying social networks and exploiting the latest graphical software. I am in the initial stages of this study, and would like to demonstrate some initial results to elicit feedback and suggestions.

Three of the files on the website are diagrams of the digraphs of Parts I, II and III of the Ethics. The color scheme distinguishes between definitions, axioms, propsitions, etc. A glance at these diagrams gives one an immediate impression of the complexity of Spinoza’s project. Statistical analysis of the digraph representing Spinoza’s Ethics may raise questions that enable us to better interpret this important and elusive text.

Some of the initial results of this project can be found on my website: https://sites.google.com/site/hroseman/spinoza-project

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