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Spinoza Serial Killer

I realized today at the end of class. Spinoza was a serial killer. One thing after the next, the God of Israel, prophecy, miracle, law, election. Like him or not, but what’s left? He’s cold, not warm like Leibniz or … Continue reading

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(Wicked) Radical Affects (Spinoza)

“Everyone knows how it goes–a disgust with the present, a craving to make fundamental changes, uncontrolled anger, a scorn for poverty–these affects lead men to wickedness.” (Spinoza, Theological-Political Treatise, Chapter XVII) (thank you, Julie Klein for posting this on FB)

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Spinoza (Affect, Phenomenology, Politics)

Excellent review, which you can read here, by Benjamin Wurghaft on 3 new Spinoza books: Hasana Sharp, Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization, Knox Peden Spinoza Contra Phenomenology: French Rationalism from Cavailles to Deleuze Antonio Negri, Spinoza for Our Time: … Continue reading

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Science and Myth (Henri Atlan)

(page from Stéphane Mallarmé, “A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance”) (found at: http://kottke.org/10/08/active-passive-or-playing Just finished reading Henri Atlan’s The Sparks of Randomness, vol1, Spermatic Knowledge.  Among the author’s many titles and honors, an incomplete list of Atlan’s … Continue reading

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Dualism-Monism, Actual-Virtual

  I was going over my notes for Deleuze’s Bergsonism. It was discussed on the first day of class at Gail Hamner’s Deleuze-Foucault seminar at SU, and I wanted to catch up. I realized how hard it is to get … Continue reading

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Substance, Monism, Dualism

http://politelyhomicidal.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/turtles-all-the-way-down/ A quick note about Deleuze’s Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, which I read through a couple of weeks ago. I found most helpful the difference that Deleuze makes between “real” (substantive) distinctions versus “modal” distinctions. As I read him, the … Continue reading

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Makom (Place)

Blue is “the spiritual in art” (Kandinsky). Religion is “the opiate of the masses” (Marx) In academic religious studies, it is the historical-political context that gives meaning to spiritual expression. But in this image, I like how (a part of) … Continue reading

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