Spinoza’s Philosophy of Ratio

We are delighted to announce the publication of Spinoza’s Philosophy of Ratio, edited by Beth Lord and published by Edinburgh University Press. The book brings together essays on Spinoza, ratio, architecture, and wellbeing from the Equalities of Wellbeing project.

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Readers will learn from this book that a philosophy of ratio is not to be conflated with a rationalist philosophy. The authors draw on the three senses of ratio – reason, relation and proportion – to explore their interdependence and, crucially, the emergent and constructed conatus towards equality and wellbeing. This valuable book demonstrates that empiricism and rationalism need not be opposed. – Andrej Radman, Delft University of Technology

This volume represents an important collective re-thinking of Spinoza’s key concept of ratio. Along with new interpretations of his treatment of the relations between reason and emotion, it offers fascinating insights into the relevance of his philosophy for understanding contemporary issues in relation to artistic practice, architecture and the built environment.- Genevieve Lloyd, Emeritus Professor in Philosophy, University of New South Wales

From his geometrical method to his geometrical examples; from his doctrine of reason to his explanation of bodies in motion; and from his account of the affects to his understanding of social relations, ratio is of prime importance in Spinoza’s philosophy.

These essays explore the surprisingly varied dimensions of this unacknowledged keystone of Spinoza’s thought. They take you from Spinoza’s geometrical diagrams to his concepts of mind, body, the emotions, and the cosmos. It shows how Spinoza’s thinking about ratio influences the concept of proportion in Gulliver’s Travels, the differential ontology of Deleuze, egalitarian design for wellbeing, and the notion of an affective architecture.

Contents:

Introduction, Beth Lord

Spinoza’s Ontology Geometrically Illustrated: A Reading of Ethics IIP8S, Valtteri Viljanen

Reason and Body in Spinoza’s Metaphysics, Michael LeBuffe

Ratio and Activity: Spinoza’s Biologizing of the Mind in an Aristotelian Key, Heidi M. Ravven

Harmony in Spinoza and His Critics, Timothy Yenter

Ratio as the basis of Spinoza’s concept of equality, Beth Lord

Proportion as a barometer of the affective life in Spinoza, Simon B. Duffy

Spinoza, Heterarchical Ontology and Affective Architecture, Gökhan Kodalak

Dissimilarity: Spinoza’s ethical ratios and housing welfare, Peg Rawes

The greater part: How intuition forms better worlds, Stefan White

Slownesses and Speeds, Latitudes and Longitudes: In the Vicinity of Beatitude, Hélène Frichot

The Eyes of the Mind: Proportion in Spinoza, Swift, Ibn Tufayl, Anthony Uhlmann

 

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Spinoza’s Philosophy of Ratio available now

Spinoza’s Philosophy of Ratio, edited by Beth Lord, was published by Edinburgh University Press in May 2018.

Comprising 11 essays from contributors to the Equalities of Wellbeing project – Peg Rawes, Beth Lord, Simon B. Duffy, Helene Frichot, Gokhan Kodalak, Michael LeBuffe, Heidi M. Ravven, Anthony Uhlmann, Valtteri Viljanen, Stefan White, and Timothy Yenter – the book argues that ratio is a key concept in Spinoza’s philosophy, from reason, minds, bodies, and the cosmos, to architecture, art and literature. Find out more about the book in this longer post, and at the EUP website.

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Open access to Beth Lord’s papers on Spinoza and equality

Beth Lord’s two papers on Spinoza and equality, published as part of this project, are available as open access publications.

Lord, B. (2016). ‘The Concept of Equality in Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise’. Epoche: a Journal for the History of Philosophy, vol 20, no. 2, pp. 367-386.
Journal article available here
Open access version available here

Lord, B. (2014). ‘Spinoza, Equality, and Hierarchy’. History of Philosophy Quarterly, vol 31, no. 1, pp. 59-77.
Journal article available here
Open access version available here

 

Peg Rawes lecture, ‘Relational Architectural Ecologies’ for the Urban Regeneration and Cultural Heritage Lecture Series, MA Architecture and Historic Urban Environments,

10 February 2016. Peg Rawes gave a lecture, ‘Relational Architectural Ecologies’, for the Urban Regeneration and Cultural Heritage Lecture Series, MA Architecture and Historic Urban Environments, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL