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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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Hegel Reads Spinoza

Hegel Reads Spinoza

(p.13) 1 Hegel Reads Spinoza
Hegel or Spinoza

Pierre Macherey

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter talks about Hegel’s reading and interpretation of Spinozism. Hegel claims that Spinoza occupies the position of a precursor, finding in the latter’s work all the characteristics of an aborted project hindered by overwhelming difficulties. The Hegelian reading of Spinoza, particularly the concept of causa sui, reveals an internal contradiction: it searches for the signs of “truth” within Spinoza’s teachings, while at the same time discovers the real form of its absence. Through his book Lectures on the History of Philosophy, Hegel regards the philosophy of Spinoza as a completely abstract school of thought; it unfolds only through the abolition of its content, through a negative perspective, according to its own failures and absurdity.

Keywords:   G. W. F. Hegel, Spinozism, Baruch Spinoza, causa sui, Lectures on the History of Philosophy

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