- Series: Zone Books
- Paperback: 445 pages
- Publisher: Zone Books; First Paperback Edition edition (February 18, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0942299515
- ISBN-13: 978-0942299519
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
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Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza Paperback – February 18, 1992
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The plan of the book is based around the structure of the Ethics and outlines all the main points of Spinoza's masterpiece, starting with Substance and ending in Beatitude. Special care is taken to situate Spinoza with respect to his historical context, particularly next to the philosophies of Descartes and Leibniz. To this end, Deleuze develops his thesis that it is a shared philosophy of "expression" that, despite their differences, unites Leibniz and Spinoza in founding a post-cartesian philosophy. For readers of A Thousand Plateaus, the idea that Nature is expressive will come as no surprise, but seeing this in light of Spinoza adds a valuable depth to it.
The big tipping point of a society that tries to count in ways that become meaningless for flashy bang gravy train bomb worship is called:
the moral pseudo-law
is simply the measure
of our misunderstanding
of natural laws;
the idea of rewards
reflects only our
ignorance of the true
an act and its consequences;
Good and Evil are
and we form conceptions of them
only to the extent that
our ideas are inadequate. (pp. 253-254).
Of profound significance is the idea that Being is explicative and does not become less in each of its expression. This affirms the sense of beings and gives voice to the power and beauty of "life".
Spinoza's/ Deleuze's philosophy is against everything that is life-negative, instead, it is life-affirmative and celebrates joy as a powerful and adequate response to the life that we are given.
A reading of Hegel's critique and Nietzsche's Zarathustra would be sufficient as background to this complex but powerful and rewarding text. If I may suggest a further reading: Badiou's "Clamour of Being" adds new dimensions to Deleuze's thinking.