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The longitude of a body includes the extension of matter, the composition of particles, their kinetic pace. According to Descartes a body is not capable of thinking. The body is extension. The mind pertains to the divine un-extended substance that is transcendent to the body–nature–matter. This substance is a God invested with the power of a tyrant (potestas) that masters the body, setting order in nature through the taxonomic organization of the body in species, classes, sexes. This God is external to nature.

Her work challenges the patrilinear system of evolution with descent embedded in colonialism and capitalism, refuting the ontological metaphysics of the one and the multiple. The historical project of humanism starts with the constitution of gender and sex as objects of study, the reproduction of the problem of genesis and origin (1991: 78). Thus, for feminism, an unproblematic re-proposal of the sex/ gender dualism, a sterile analysis of the representation of nature and 34 V IRT U AL S E X culture only reinforces the structures of separation and negative oppositions at the core of the Western metaphysics of essence.

See also M. Gatens 1996a: 162–87. 9 These questions will be discussed in relation to Spinoza’s ethology of nature. Unlike the moralist and transcendent perspective, Spinoza’s ethics proposes an immanent conception of nature. See Spinoza 1992. 10 The word ‘virtual’ is derived from the Medieval Latin virtualis, itself derived from virtus, meaning strength or power. In scholastic philosophy the virtual is that which has potential rather than actual existence. See H. Bergson 1991: 127– 31; 210–11. See also G.

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