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Dimitris Vardoulakis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672806

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672806.001.0001

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The Joyful Passions in Spinoza’s Theoryof Relations

The Joyful Passions in Spinoza’s Theoryof Relations

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(p.51) 3 The Joyful Passions in Spinoza’s Theoryof Relations
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Spinoza Now
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Simon Duffy

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816672806.003.0003

This chapter discusses the two most prominent exponents of Spinoza—Gilles Deleuze and Pierre Macherey—in locating the theory of relations in the third part of Ethics. By examining Deleuze’s and Macherey’s different interpretations of the relation between active or joyful and passive or sad affections, the chapter shows two ways of constructing a politics departing from the theory of passions. The chapter also concentrates on the elusive “joyful passions,” which are neither properly active nor purely passive and therefore forge a relation between sad and joyous affections. The interpretation of Spinoza offered by Deleuze in Expressionism in Philosophy provides an account of the dynamic transformations or changes of the characteristic relations of a Spinozist finite existing mode, or human being.

Keywords:   Gilles Deleuze, Pierre Macherey, theory of relations, Ethics, affections, joyful passions, Spinoza, Expressionism in Philosophy

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