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Spinoza Now

Dimitris Vardoulakis

Abstract

What does it mean to think about, and with, Spinoza today? This book 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 book critiques the impulse to transcendence and regimes of mastery, exposing universal values as illusory. The book 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. The chapter ... More

Keywords: Spinoza, immanence, contemporary cultural debate, passions, creative forces, productive forces, universal values, prism of death, necessity, impossibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816672806
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816672806.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dimitris Vardoulakis, editor
Professor, English and Comparative Literature, Occidental College

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