By Knox Peden

ISBN-10: 0804791341

ISBN-13: 9780804791342

Spinoza Contra Phenomenology essentially recasts the heritage of postwar French suggestion, in most cases presumed to were pushed by means of a critique of cause indebted to Nietzsche and Heidegger. even though the reception of phenomenology gave upward push to many leading edge advancements in French philosophy, from existentialism to deconstruction, now not everybody in France used to be proud of this German import. This e-book recounts how a sequence of French philosophers used Spinoza to erect a bulwark opposed to the nominally irrationalist developments of phenomenology. From its beginnings within the interwar years, this rationalism could 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 existence and have an effect on. Peden counters this development by means of monitoring a decisive and overlooked element of Spinoza's philosophy—his rationalism—in a physique of proposal too frequently presumed to have rejected cause. within the method, he demonstrates that the virtues of Spinoza's rationalism haven't begun to be exhausted.

"In this sign contribution to the research of ecu notion, Knox Peden exhibits that the importation of German phenomenology to France within the 20th century used to be purely a part of the tale. In attractive to Benedict Spinoza's model of rationalism, missed figures whom this e-book restores to their centrality made conceptual strikes of lasting value, atmosphere a context for the careers of Louis Althusser and Gilles Deleuze, with which Peden's soaking up reinterpretation culminates. because of his convinced take hold of of the theoretical fabrics and skill to deal with them in lucid writing, Spinoza Contra Phenomenology redraws the map, now not easily for the sake of getting a greater one, yet simply because debates around the modern humanities desire its orientation."—Samuel Moyn, Columbia University

"The traditional knowing of twentieth-century French concept is simply commencing to fracture, and we're now coming to understand the complexity and importance of highbrow tendencies that once-dominant schools—such as phenomenology and existentialism, structuralism and post-structuralism—have too lengthy obscured. during this incredible new learn, Knox Peden breaks freed from acquired knowledge to solid a brand new mild at the circulation of French philosophical rationalism that borrowed either its energies and its identify from the metaphysical writings of a seventeenth-century heretical Jew. Spinozism, as reimagined in France via heterodox intellectuals equivalent to Althusser and Deleuze, was once whatever greater than a philosophy: it used to be a veritable ethos. With verve and class, Peden maps this inheritance and courses us in the course of the bold debates that experience no longer but reached their end."—Peter Eli Gordon, Harvard college

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