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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, Vincennes/Saint Denis. He published 25 books, including five in collaboration with Felix Guattari.
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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers; First Edition in English edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872862186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872862180
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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This is one of two of Deleuze's main works on Spinoza, the other being "Expressionism in Philosophy" which is weightier. This is a series of short essays and one definition section, held together by Deleuzian interpretative flair. In this book one gets among the first intimations of what will be a major Deleuzian theme -- how immanence manifests itself in the power of bodies to compose and decompose themselves and each other as they interact. If one had to characterize Deleuze's Spinoza, I would say that it deliquesces the geometry, turns all the nouns into verbs -- that is, brings out the dynamics of what, on the surface, appears to be a static, pure, geometrical universe. It is hardly recommendable as a first introduction to Spinoza (head for Genevieve Lloyd or some of the recent intros instead), though the first chapter (a bio) is amusing and approachable.
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This book is essential for anyone who wants to understand Spinoza and this "Practical" song will have you returning often. Dig-it!
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If you are familiar with philosophy, and if you are interested in Sponiza, than this book is a must. But it is not easy or light reading. What is amazing is how this book let's you into the philosopher's soul. Spinoza is the voice of reason and logic. Of course, he paid a horrible price for his belief that God can be sought out through reason and logic, as opposed to emotion and gut level feelings.

We are born with the fear of death. I wonder how Spinoza ever found the inner strength to keep on searching for God without the dual crutches of myth and the belief that there is a reward in the afterlife.

One last thing, and that is that most of the great and fearless men who signed the Constitution were diests. Without Spinoza's insights, the underlying belief in democracy, which is than men can discover TRUTH through reasoning and logic, would have never happened.
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