By Dimitris Vardoulakis, Christopher Norris, Alain Badiou, Simon Duffy
What does it suggest to contemplate, and with, Spinoza this present day? This assortment, the 1st largely interdisciplinary quantity facing Spinozan suggestion, asserts the significance of Spinoza’s philosophy of immanence for modern cultural and philosophical debates. attractive with Spinoza’s insistence at the centrality of the passions because the website of the artistic and efficient forces shaping society, this assortment opinions the impulse to transcendence and regimes of mastery, exposing common values as illusory. Spinoza Now pursues Spinoza’s problem to desert the temptation to imagine throughout the prism of dying to be able to arrive at a really liberatory suggestion of freedom. during this daring undertaking, the essays accumulated the following expand the Spinozan undertaking past the disciplinary limitations of philosophy to surround all different types of life-affirming task, together with the humanities and literature. The essays, taken jointly, recommend that “Spinoza now” isn't quite a bit an announcement a few “truth” that Spinoza’s writings can disclose to us in our current state of affairs. it really is, relatively, the injunction to stick to the angle that affirms either necessity and impossibility. members: Alain Badou, ?cole Normale Sup?rieure; Mieke Bal, Amsterdam institution for Cultural research; Cesare Casarino, U of Minnesota; Justin Clemens, U of Melbourne; Simon Duffy, U of Sydney; Sebastian Egenhofer, U of Basel; Alexander Garc?a D?ttmann, Goldsmiths, U of London; Arthur Jacobson, Yeshiva U; A. Kiarina Kordela, Macalester university; Michael Mack, U of Nottingham; Warren Montag, Occidental collage; Antonio Negri; Christopher Norris, U of Cardiff, Wales; Anthony Uhlmann, U of Western Sydney.
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63 As I have said, there was good Spinozist warrant for Althusser’s claims in this regard, whatever the well-known problems with them from a practical-political as well as philosophical standpoint. It SPINOZA AND THE CONFLICT OF INTERPRETATIONS 27 is also fairly clear how Spinoza could be read as offering support for Althusser’s argument—in opposition to the humanist, Hegelinfluenced readings of Marx dominant in France at the time—that a chief prerequisite for the better understanding of Marx’s thought was to break with such anthropocentric residues through a form of theoretical antihumanism that sought to reveal its underlying conceptual or epistemocritical structures.
13 As for Frederick Pollock and his claim that these passages are “among the most brilliant endeavors of speculative philosophy,” and moreover, that they “throw a kind of poetical glow over the formality of [Spinoza’s] exposition,” Bennett is quite unable to contain his indignation. Thus, “when a commentator as shrewd as Pollock is reduced to such babbling by his desire to 6 CH R I STOPHE R NOR RIS praise the final stretch of the Ethics, that is further evidence that this material is worthless.
And yet, as I have said, it is the utterly unqualified or uncompromising character of Spinoza’s monist ontology that has given rise to this likewise extreme pattern of contrasting interpretations. Thus his reputation has always been a battleground between those who considered him a pantheist, a mystic, a well-nigh saintly figure, or (in the famous words of Novalis) a “God-intoxicated” thinker and, on the other hand, those—including the vast majority of his contemporaries— who deemed him an out-and-out materialist, atheist, and wicked subverter of every last moral value.