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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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Marx before Spinoza: Notes toward an Investigation

Marx before Spinoza: Notes toward an Investigation

(p.179) 8 Marx before Spinoza: Notes toward an Investigation
Spinoza Now

Cesare Casarino

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on Spinoza as a theorist of capital and globalization. Concatenation and the totality it implies present Spinoza as a genuine theorist of globalization—Ethics appears as a response to capital and its totalizing imperative. According to Cesare Casarino’s argument, the explication that denotes and performs its meaning is not commensurable with representation in the sense that it activates potentiality in the process of interpretation: the knowledge of an object is not subjective but a feature of the object itself. This argument allows for singularity. As Karl Marx presented, it is possible to think of the ontological function of God as absolute immanence. The chapter also argues that there are aspects of Spinoza’s thought that become intelligible for the first time if and when we read through the lens of Marx’s thought.

Keywords:   Spinoza, theorist, capital, globalization, interpretation, knowledge, object, Karl Marx, God

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