What, according to Spinoza in the Ethics, is the object in question? How does one know what it is?
You may select something from the natural world, an artifact, a person or an idea in the mind. Your object may be taken from history, from fiction, or from your own experience or imagination. It is crucial to pick an object which allows you to explain the specifics of Spinoza’s metaphysics and epistemology. A successful essay will 1. present a suitable object 2. explain accurately how Spinoza would account for this object in his metaphysics 3. explain accurately how Spinoza thinks one comes to knowledge of (and avoids making errors about) the object and its place in the order of things.
Technical matters: Double spaced, standard margins, reasonable point size. reasonable font. At the end of the essay, provide a bibliographical citation of the edition of the Ethics you are using. Cite quotations from and references to this text parenthetically.