Mark, Image, Sign: A Semiotic Approach to Spinoza


  • Lorenzo Vinciguerra

Lorenzo Vinciguerra

University of Reims and the EHESS Paris



Instead of reading Spinoza's account of the imagination in an anthropocentric way, as dependent on the traditional doctrine of human faculties, the author considers it as a consequence of his physics and cosmology. Knowledge by signs, as Spinoza calls imagination, has to be rooted in his theory of marks and images, and concerns all beings (human and non human) that are capable of marking and being marked by other bodies in the infinite semiosis of nature.