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 historical past of postwar French suggestion, more often than not presumed to were pushed by means of a critique of cause indebted to Nietzsche and Heidegger. even though the reception of phenomenology gave upward thrust to many cutting edge advancements in French philosophy, from existentialism to deconstruction, no longer everybody in France used to be 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 traits of phenomenology. From its beginnings within the interwar years, this rationalism might end up foundational for Althusser's rethinking of Marxism and Deleuze's bold metaphysics. there was a renewed enthusiasm for Spinozism of past due by way of those that see his paintings as one of those neo-vitalism or philosophy of lifestyles and impact. Peden counters this development through monitoring a decisive and overlooked point of Spinoza's philosophy—his rationalism—in a physique of proposal too usually presumed to have rejected cause. within the method, he demonstrates that the virtues of Spinoza's rationalism haven't begun to be exhausted.

Show sample text content

Download sample