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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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Spinoza, Ratiocination, and Art

Spinoza, Ratiocination, and Art

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Spinoza Now

Anthony Uhlmann

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter combines several issues—the theory of relations, the notion of the necessity of a gap in interpretation, and the concomitance of production and its idea—to show that it is possible to develop a Spinozist understanding of the arts. It acknowledges that the parallelism between thought and experience, the infinite and finite, or substance and its modes poses a problem for art. The chapter also discusses that a work of art does not convey a message; rather, a work of art establishes relations whose message is the ethical imperative to fill the gaps that, of necessity, persist. This means that modern art is both the unfolding of material relations and the thinking that accompanies them.

Keywords:   interpretation, Spinozist understanding, arts, parallelism, thought, experience, infinite, finite, modern art

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