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The Spiral

  • David Dunér
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Part of the Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind book series (SHPM, volume 11)

Abstract

The spiral curves, twists in expanding circles from a centre, as in the coiling of the snail, in the whirling waters of the maelstrom, in the vortices of the universe. For Swedenborg the spiral is the most beautiful and complete of all geometrical figures. It is return, it is perfect motion in the particle world and in the firmament. Its movement leads one’s thoughts to disorder, and can be perceived as chaotic, suggestive, alive, and expressive. In a broader sense the spiral is a curve that winds around a centre, a pole in the plane, while simultaneously distancing itself from this point of departure. The present chapter is about this class of gentle lines in the particle world, in the cosmos and the soul, about whorls, whirls, vortices, helices, scrolls, serpentines, and meanders, but also the related circle.

Keywords

Minor Principium Logarithmic Spiral Heavenly Body Magnetic Sphere Spiral Spring 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Dunér
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  1. 1.Division of History of Ideas and Sciences Centre for Cognitive SemioticsLund UniversityLundSweden

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