Spinoza Contra Phenomenology: French Rationalism from Cavaillès to Deleuze (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Spinoza Contra Phenomenology: French Rationalism from Cavaillès to Deleuze (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Knox Peden


Spinoza Contra Phenomenology essentially recasts the background of postwar French notion, mostly presumed to were pushed via a critique of cause indebted to Nietzsche and Heidegger. even if the reception of phenomenology gave upward thrust to many leading edge advancements in French philosophy, from existentialism to deconstruction, no longer every person in France was once proud of this German import. This ebook recounts how a sequence of French philosophers used Spinoza to erect a bulwark opposed to the nominally irrationalist trends of phenomenology. From its beginnings within the interwar years, this rationalism may turn out foundational for Althusser's rethinking of Marxism and Deleuze's formidable metaphysics. there was a renewed enthusiasm for Spinozism of past due via those that see his paintings as one of those neo-vitalism or philosophy of lifestyles and have an effect on. Peden counters this pattern via monitoring a decisive and ignored point of Spinoza's philosophy—his rationalism—in a physique of idea too usually presumed to have rejected cause. within the strategy, he demonstrates that the virtues of Spinoza's rationalism have not begun to be exhausted.

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