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Geometric figures, then, are used to explain extended ideas about the qualities of virtue, such as its magnitude and limit. But Plato also considers the act of drawing to constitute a distinct notion of geometric method, which transforms geometry from a mathematical knowledge into a sensible enactment, that is, as intuitive acts. ]’ (Plato, 1989, 82b, p. 365). In these lines geometric demonstration is therefore linked to an aesthetic and 30 Space, Geometry and Aesthetics reflective set of judgments in the figures of Socrates and the boy and in the following dialogue between Socrates and Meno, the relationship between geometric intuition and recollection is also evident: Socrates: What do you think, Meno?

Second, the reflective subject’s feelings of pleasure and displeasure construct an intensive notion of limit, rather than an exclusive prohibition of the sensibility from the transcendental realm, so that the individual is him/herself constituted by an aesthetic limitlessness or irreducibility generated by the mathematical magnitude of limit and sensation. The imagination modifies this relationship between limit and sensation into an embodied series of enactments that belong to the ‘freely acting individual’, such as the feelings of pleasure and displeasure.

In both of these texts, then, the imagination may be considered a ‘productive’ faculty in its own right. A short discussion of the Anthropology highlights some of its capacities in more detail, which will also be useful for considering the role of imagination in the other geometric methods, especially those of Proclus and Spinoza. In the first book of the Anthropology, ‘On the Cognitive Faculty of Self’, Kant tells us that the imagination is a mode of the sensibility or the ‘faculty of intuitive ideas’.

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