Spinoza: Practical Philosophy
  • Spinoza: Practical Philosophy
  • Spinoza: Practical Philosophy
  • Spinoza: Practical Philosophy
  • Spinoza: Practical Philosophy
  • Spinoza: Practical Philosophy
ISBN: 0872862186
EAN13: 9780872862180
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 1, 2001
Pages: 130
Dimensions: 0.47" H x 7.87" L x 5.43" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

A concise and illuminating book about the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza, one of the early thinkers of the Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism.

Spinoza's theoretical philosophy is one of the most radical attempts to construct a pure ontology with a single infinite substance. This book, which presents Spinoza's main ideas in dictionary form, has as its subject the opposition between ethics and morality, and the link between ethical and ontological propositions. His ethics is an ethology, rather than a moral science.

Attention has been drawn to Spinoza by deep ecologists such as Arne Naess, the Norwegian philosopher and this reading of Spinoza by Gilles Deleuze lends itself to a radical ecological ethic. As Robert Hurley says in his introduction, Deleuze opens us to the idea that the elements of the different individuals we compose may be nonhuman within us. One wonders, finally, whether Man might be defined as a territory, a set of boundaries, a limit on existence.

Gilles Deleuze, known for his inquiries into desire, language, politics and power, finds a kinship between Spinoza and Nietzsche. He writes, Spinoza did not believe in hope or even in courage; he believed only in joy and in vision . . . he more than any other gave me the feeling of a gust of air from behind each time I read him, of a witch's broom that he makes one mount.

Gilles Deleuze was a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris at Vincennes.

Robert Hurley is the translator of Michel Foucault's History of Sexuality.

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5
   Spinoza: is the Root of Deleuze's Philosophy
As with most French philosophy, you have to find the key concepts and the rhythm of the text, and Spinoza is no different... I like Deleuze and Spinoza is the closest to Taoism, as the West can get except for Bergson's creative evolution ''. If you are interested in Tao..., Deleuze's Spinoza will give the western equivalent. I found to know how the French's sensibilities and intuitions leaned towards Tao being interesting and fascinating.
 
5
   Good introduction to Spinoza
It has three parts, of roughly equal length. A biography of Spinoza 2. A few short essays : If you are more familiar with Spinoza and are looking for a more comprehensive evaluation, you might want to seek Deleuze's full length work on the subject, Spinoza Expressionism in Philosophy. These are summaries written by Spinoza and not just the definitions that Deleuze gives. Some of the entries are quite detailed, taking several pages. They are enjoyable to read, but can be difficult for beginners to follow without having the context of them. This part serves best as a refresher while reading along with Spinoza's works.
 
4
   book of ages
As a set of axioms which build upon further thought. I am usually not able to digest books on ethics, but this makes it easy for me to consume ethics. Recommended for newcomers to philosophy.
 
5
   light reading
This book is just one idealists - critique of another, light afternoon reading, pairs well with cheap beer.
 
5
   Must read for anyone interested in Spinoza or Deleuze.
This book has a great way of explaining the underlying ideas inside the sometimes dense writings of Spinoza. Additionally, there is an entire chapter dedicated to terms used in Spinoza to help you understand his writings better. Finally, this book helps to give insights into the philosophy framework that Deleuze uses in later philosophical projects.
 
5
   A concise and thoughtful biography of Spinoza paired with an ...
In Nietzsche, Deleuze brings as a mediator to develop an approach towards ethics, which privileges the body.
 
5
   Very Helpful in Understanding Spinoza
Like the introduction says, there are parts that are difficult, but other parts made me so much sense and helped me understand my favorite philosopher better.
 
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