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Tim Minchin and Spinoza’s Love: If I Didn’t Have You

Spinoza: Love is a joy [an increase in perfection, power, pleasure, being] accompanied by the idea of an external cause.

Josh W. in an informative comment chain in my positioning article on Spinoza: Is Spinoza a Cyberneticist, or a Chaocomplexicist? ,  offers the above hilarious love song by Australian comedian Tim Minchin. It directs our attention to something of the implications of Spinoza’s view of love. Not to be overly philosophical about a brilliant piece of comedy, but Minchin really brings out the full genealogical powers of love amid the powers of abstraction from immediate binaries between subject and object, and in fact its a pretty touching song. I think for Spinoza it is out of our loves that our better world must be made, with a realization of all that goes into a love. I’d never run into Minchin before. I would say that there are distinct senses in which persons do play irreplaceable roles, in that they link a certain dead series, to a living one, along the one concrete line of a human trajectory, where there is no “if” in “If I didn’t have you”. In this my wife. In this sense persons operate as bodies unto us, not just as points of sympathy, reflections of would-be otherness, but whole cargo participations of flesh continuences, oscillating undeniable cohesions which momentum themselves out into specific orbits without which we would not be. Great vehicles which undermine any silly notion that we each are, what they have called “in-dividuals”.

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