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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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Power and Ontology between Heidegger and Spinoza

Power and Ontology between Heidegger and Spinoza

(p.307) 12 Power and Ontology between Heidegger and Spinoza
Spinoza Now

Antonio Negri

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter provides an analysis of modern philosophy, which is characterized by the Hegelian move to unite essence and existence. It emphasizes that essence and existence are never united in Spinoza, and Heidegger’s ontological difference rests on the same premise. The distinction between essence and existence makes Spinoza and Heidegger both antimodernist philosophers, yet here the similarities end, for ultimately they construct contradictory ontologies. Heidegger proposes an ontology of the void, emphasizing the nothingness of being, which is attained through the projective aspect of care, the destiny that subjugates being in being-toward-death. Spinoza’s ontology understands being in plenitude, and instead of emptiness, there are relations of power. Spinoza focuses on the singularity of life, which articulates itself in love, the construction of being through affect.

Keywords:   modern philosophy, Hegelian move, essence, existence, ontology, Spinoza, Heidegger, antimodernist philosophers, nothingness, power

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