Spinoza Now

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What does it mean to think about, and with, Spinoza today? This collection, the first broadly interdisciplinary volume dealing with Spinozan thought, asserts the importance of Spinoza’s philosophy of immanence for contemporary cultural and philosophical debates.

Engaging with Spinoza’s insistence on the centrality of the passions as the site of the creative and productive forces shaping society, this collection critiques the impulse to transcendence and regimes of mastery, ...

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Overview


What does it mean to think about, and with, Spinoza today? This collection, the first broadly interdisciplinary volume dealing with Spinozan thought, asserts the importance of Spinoza’s philosophy of immanence for contemporary cultural and philosophical debates.

Engaging with Spinoza’s insistence on the centrality of the passions as the site of the creative and productive forces shaping society, this collection critiques the impulse to transcendence and regimes of mastery, exposing universal values as illusory. Spinoza Now pursues Spinoza’s challenge to abandon the temptation to think through the prism of death in order to arrive at a truly liberatory notion of freedom. In this bold endeavor, the essays gathered here extend the Spinozan project beyond the disciplinary boundaries of philosophy to encompass all forms of life-affirming activity, including the arts and literature. The essays, taken together, suggest that “Spinoza now” is not so much a statement about a “truth” that Spinoza’s writings can reveal to us in our present situation. It is, rather, the injunction to adhere to the attitude that affirms both necessity and impossibility.

Contributors: Alain Badou, École Normale Supérieure; Mieke Bal, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis; Cesare Casarino, U of Minnesota; Justin Clemens, U of Melbourne; Simon Duffy, U of Sydney; Sebastian Egenhofer, U of Basel; Alexander García Düttmann, Goldsmiths, U of London; Arthur Jacobson, Yeshiva U; A. Kiarina Kordela, Macalester College; Michael Mack, U of Nottingham; Warren Montag, Occidental College; Antonio Negri; Christopher Norris, U of Cardiff, Wales; Anthony Uhlmann, U of Western Sydney.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816672806
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Dimitris Vardoulakis is senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Western Sydney. He is the author of The Doppelgänger: Literature’s Philosophy.
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Table of Contents


Note on References to the Ethics
Editor’s Note
Introduction: Spinoza Now, Dimitris Vardoulakis
Part I. Strategies for Reading Spinoza
1. Spinoza and the Conflict of Interpretations, Christopher Norris
2. What Is a Proof in Spinoza’s Ethics?, Alain Badiou
3. The Joyful Passions in Spinoza’s Theory of Relations, Simon Duffy
4. Spinoza’s Ass, Justin Clemens
Part II. Politics, Theology, and Interpretation
5. Toward an Inclusive Universalism: Spinoza’s Ethics of Sustainability, Michael Mack
6. Prophecy without Prophets: Spinoza and Maimonides on Law and the Democracy of Knowledge, Arthur J. Jacobson
7. Interjecting Empty Spaces: Imagination and Interpretation in Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, Warren Montag
8. Marx before Spinoza: Notes toward an Investigation, Cesare Casarino
Part III. Spinoza and the Arts
9. Image and Machine: Introduction to Thomas Hirschhorn’s Spinoza Monument, Sebastian Egenhofer
10. Spinoza, Ratiocination, and Art, Anthony Uhlmann
11. An Inter-Action: Rembrandt and Spinoza, Mieke Bal and Dimitris Vardoulakis
Part IV. Encounters about Life and Death
12. Power and Ontology between Heidegger and Spinoza, Antonio Negri
13. A Thought Beyond Dualisms: Creationist and Evolutionist Alike, A. Kiarina Kordela
14. A Matter of Life and Death: Spinoza and Derrida, Alexander García Düttmann
Contributors
Index
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