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Adrian’s Spinoza

I really like how Adrian writes. It is always fluid, pictoral, thoughtful, clear without simplification. He recently placed a resonant meditation on the new sparrow, paraket and rose encrusted Spinoza’s statue in Amsterdam [july 28th, 09], conjuring up the entire tide of Spinozisms that have brought Baruch closer to our collective attention…

Spinoza has been rediscovered repeatedly, more recently by post-Marxist political theorists like Althusser, Deleuze, and Negri in the 1960s and 1[9]70s, but also, as I’ve discussed here, by deep ecology founder Arne Naess and, a little later, by anti-Cartesian neuroscientist Antonio Damasio. While the world has caught up with him, to some degree, in its political liberalism, his non-Cartesianism represents, to many, the philosophical path not taken — until now, perhaps, as mind-body dualism winds its way down and is replaced by a more subtle understanding of how thinking, feeling, and bodily affects interact to produce the relations that constitute us.

He also reminds us of the wonderful Spinoza onto-psychological reduction (which frankly I missed in my 25 easy Spinoza thoughts)…

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2 responses to “Adrian’s Spinoza

  1. Adrian August 2, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Thanks, Kevin, for the kind and most welcome words. Your blog has been a helpful reference point for my appreciation of Spinoza…

    • kvond August 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm

      Hey Adrian, thanks for the good words in return. Each time you touch on Spinoza I learn something about how I already appreciate him, something better about my own thinking, if I can put it like that.

      I look forward to you future thoughts on him, philosophy and ecocriticism.

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