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Spinoza Now

2011

Dimitris Vardoulakis, editor

Spinoza Now

The interdisciplinary relevance of Spinoza today

Spinoza Now, the first broadly interdisciplinary volume dealing with Spinozan thought, asserts the importance of Spinoza’s philosophy of immanence for contemporary cultural and philosophical debates. 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.

Those interested in the interdisciplinary significance and application of Spinoza’s philosophy may find this volume provocative.

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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, 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.

Spinoza Now

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

Spinoza Now

Those interested in the interdisciplinary significance and application of Spinoza’s philosophy may find this volume provocative.

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Spinoza Now is an important addition to a new strand of literature on philosopher Baruch Spinoza: one that seeks to examine the significance of his thought beyond the philosophy classroom. It is a strong collection of essays that are individually thought-provoking and collectively coherent, giving the widest possible overview of the interesting work being done on Spinoza today. Order this for your library, and browse with joy.

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Spinoza Now

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