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Hegel or Spinoza$
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Pierre Macherey

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677405

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677405.001.0001

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Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the Second Edition

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(p.3) Preface to the Second Edition
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Hegel or Spinoza
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Pierre Macherey

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677405.003.0001

The book can be described as a comprehensive text that exposes the legacy of a Hegelian misreading of Spinoza that arguably supported the post-1968 humanist resistance. The questions it addresses speak not only to the historical legacy of Hegel in France but to constant fault lines and potential points of convergence in contemporary social theory and political philosophy. These involve questions about the politics of ontology and the conception of multiplicity, citing theories of Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou; as well as questions about the immanence of expression and the role of representation in the play of difference, specifying the conflicting claims of Deleuze and Jacques Derrida. It essentially offers a clear understanding of the various (mis)readings of Spinoza’s Ethics, all of which reinforced contemporary philosophical debates.

Keywords:   G.W.F. Hegel, Baruch Spinoza, Ethics, contemporary social theory, political philosophy, Gilles Deleuze, Alain Badiou, Jacques Derrida

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