Spinoza Beyond Philosophy
These of 12 engaging and original essays reveals that Spinoza is the interdisciplinary thinker for our times. Discover how Spinoza's theory of bodies transforms our understanding of music, and how it grounds 'collective subjectivity' in contemporary politics. Learn how Spinoza's idea of freedom was instrumental to the Haitian revolution of 1791, and how it inspired Samuel Taylor Coleridge's prose and George Eliot's novels. Find out how contemporary architecture, ecological activism, and the concept of human nature can be rethought through Spinoza's theory of affectivity.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 156 x 234 x 20.32mm | 484g
- 14 Jul 2012
- EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- 5 black & white illustrations
Table of contents
Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Contributors; Introduction - Beth Lord; 1. 'Subjectivity without the subject': Thinking beyond the subject with/through Spinoza - Caroline Williams; 2. Spinoza's Non-Humanist Humanism - Michael Mack; 3. The Ethical Relation of Bodies: Thinking with Spinoza Towards an Affective Ecology - Anthony Paul Smith; 4. Spinoza's architectural passages and geometric comportments - Peg Rawes; 5. The Secret History of Musical Spinozism - Amy Cimini; Interlude: Lance Brewer, Christina Rawls, Shelley Campbell; 6. Thinking the Future: Spinoza's Political Ontology Today - Mateusz Janik; 7. Spinoza's Empty Law: The Possibility of Political Theology - Dimitris Vardoulakis; 8. Which Radical Enlightenment?: Spinoza, Jacobinism, and Black Jacobinism - Nick Nesbitt; 9. George Eliot, Spinoza and the Ethics of Literature - Simon Calder; 10. Coleridge's Ecumenical Spinoza - Nicholas Halmi; Index.
"Each essay in this thought-provoking anthology has something to recommend it independently of one's assessment of its feasibility as a reading of Spinoza. Bringing Spinoza into conversation with architecture, music, revolution, or literature, opens new paths of thought that may--or may not--yield new intellectual insights. Beth Lord must be commended for helping to create the context in which one can deliberate about the particular virtues and vices of these various conversations."--Moira Gatens, University of Sydney, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
About Beth Lord
Beth Lord is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee and Director of the Spinoza Research Network. She wrote the Edinburgh Philosophical Guide to Spinoza's Ethics and a monograph, Kant and Spinozism: Transcendental Idealism and Immanence from Jacobi to Deleuze.