On Ideology. 27 Etienne Balibar. Spinoza and Politics. 28 Jean Baudrillard. The Perfect Crime. 29 Roy Bhaskar. A Realist Theory of Sconco. BALIBAR. BALIBAR. In this revised and augmented English translation of his classic, Spinoza et la Politique, Etienne Balibar presents a synoptic account of Spinoza’s major. Spinoza and Politics has 73 ratings and 4 reviews. Spoust1 said: I had only read bits of Spinoza’s Ethics when I read this book, and the bits I had read.

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The Politics of Spinozism – Composition and Communication (Part 2 of 2)

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Return to Book Page. With Hobbes and Locke, Spinoza is arguably one of the most important political philosophers of the modern era, a premier theoretician of democracy and mass poltics. Written with supreme clarity and engaging liveliness, this book will appeal to specialists and general audiences alike.

It is certain to become the standard introductory work on Spinoza, an indispensable guide to the intricacies of this most vital of the seventeenth-century rationalists.

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I had only read bits of Spinoza’s Ethics when I read this book, and the bits I had read did little for me – I ended up putting it down. But I knew that Spinoza was important for Althusser and Deleuze, both of whom use Spinoza as a sort of alternative to Hegel; I turned to this book to see what the big deal was.


Spinoza and Politics

I had been suspicious of Spinoza: I thought that, as a liberal and as someone who mentions “God” ten times a page in his Ethics, etidnne would not fit within my theoretical paradigm, which is more or less Marxist and therefore has a materialistic i. Balibar argues that all of Spinoza’s texts – from the Theologico-Political Treatise to The Ethics – must be read as interventions into political debates from his time.

Spinoza is a liberal, therefore, only inasmuch as liberal democracy seemed the best answer to the religious demagogy and abuse of power etiennee the elites that Spinoza witnessed all around rtienne. Spinoza’s arguments, however, are very interesting: This is a short, inexpensive book – part of Verso’s “Radical Thinkers” series: It is worth taking a look at – a brief, exciting introduction to a classic thinker, and some new approaches to arguments we sadly still encounter today.

Also, Balibar quotes extensively from Spinoza’s texts, and his choice of passages is always superb.

Every sacred figure lolitics power is an expression of men’s inability to see themselves as fully responsible for their own collective salvation.

In this sense, his formula can be glossed as meaning that the individual’s right includes all that he is effectively able to do and to think in a given set of conditions.

There is therefore no reason Every idea is always already accompanied by an affect Conversely, every affect is tied to a representation. Mar 28, Arno Noack rated it really liked it. Balibar brings up many interesting splnoza and arguments about Spinoza’s thought contesting a lot of popular interpretations but comes up short in his ability to connect it to a modern materialist analysis which could place it in a context of usefulness in modern pplitics discourse.

Still, this is a great rea a good introduction to Spinoza and an interesting interpretation of his transition of thought between the writing of the TTP and TP, but lacking a strong critical evaluation of his work.

Still, this is a great read as a summary of the evolution of Spinoza’s politics and the conditions behind that evolution, and well worth reading for anyone interested in Spinoza, but not a stand alone text when considering Spinoza and his legacy for modern political discourse. All things considered it is spinoa pretty impressive summary of Spinoza ans it is only pages. Gary rated it really liked it Oct 07, Jane rated it liked it Sep 02, Marc rated it liked it Dec 15, Andrew rated it it was amazing Sep 03, Micah rated it really liked it Jan 14, Etiejne rated politicss liked it Jul 15, Giorgostou Dimitriou rated it really liked it Nov 23, Ericka rated it it was amazing Mar 13, Ryan Healey rated it really liked it Oct 04, Nightocelot rated it did not like it Jun 26, French Toast-man rated it it was amazing Nov 02, R rated it liked it Apr 08, Deborah Summers rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Spiritisabone It Is rated it balibwr liked it Oct 26, Outlawish rated it liked it Nov 17, Seth rated it liked it Jul 07, Shawna Hunter rated it really liked it Jun 01, Daniel Mcveigh rated it really liked it Dec 27, Sinistra rated it really liked it Aug snd, David Benbow rated it really liked it Dec 11, Carlos rated it liked it Mar 14, Chris rated it liked it Nov 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


After the death of his teacher Louis Althusser, Balibar quickly became the leading exponent of French Marxist philosophy. Other books in the series. Radical Thinkers 1 – 10 of 36 books.

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