On the notion of the political in postmarxist theory.

Lectures

06.12.2012
Miguel Abensour
Is there a proper way to use the voluntary servitude hypothesis?

05.12.2012
The Transformation of Structural Causality in Late Modernity 

Propositions on Subject and History

05.06.2012
Filippo del Lucchese
The symptomatic relationship between law and conflict in Spinoza 

Jura communia as anima imperii

06.05.2012
Warren Montag
Althusser and the Question of Origin
Hegel sive Spinoza

06.10.2011
Jacques Rancière
On the political and theoretical effects of Althusserian Marxism
Althusser's Lesson

24.05.2011
Michael Löwy
Romanticism and Zivilisationskritik
Walter Benjamin

08.04.2011
V. Desclaux, K. Diefenbach M. Dolar, D. Hoens, A. Kukuljevic,
Deleuze, Guattari, Lacan II
The impossible encounter

07.04.2011
Michaela Ott
Reading Spinoza with Nietzsche
Deleuze's affective “thinking with”

07.04.2011
Emiliano Battista, Vanessa Brito, Jack H. Fischer
Book presentation
Becoming major, becoming minor

04.03.2011
Sara Farris, Peter Thomas
Counter-politicisation of the non-political
The theory of politics in the young Marx

08.11.2010
Lars T. Lih
The Unifying Theme of his Political Career
Lenin's Scenario of Class Leadership

05.10.2010
Rodrigo Nunes
The politics of Badiou and Deleuze/ Guattari
Subject, event, separation

04.10.2010
Rodrigo Nunes
Politics, poetics + popular culture in Brazilian cinema 1962-1979
'Stronger are the powers of the people' I

08.04.2010
Thomas Seibert
Reading Badiou with and against his postmarxist contemporaries
Politics unbound

05.03.2010
Kathrin Thiele
Nietzsche with Deleuze II
The thought of becoming

03.12.2009
International conference
Becoming-major, becoming-minor

02.12.2009
Marina Gržinić
Global capitalism, necropolitics and contemporary art

01.12.2009
Roberto Esposito
The dispositif of the person

09.10.2009
International Conference
Encountering Althusser

09.10.2009
Conference material: schedule, abstracts, articles
Encountering Althusser

03.09.2009
Antke Engel
Queer/ing Images of Sexuality and Economy
The Surplus of Paradoxes

02.09.2009
Matteo Mandarini
Negri's encounter with Guattari: the elision of Lenin
Communists like us

01.09.2009
Ruth Sonderegger
A cinematic diagnosis of biopolitics
The cinema of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

16.06.2009
Christian Kerslake
The specter of an unsolved problematic
The Meanings of Immanence in Deleuze's Philosophy

19.05.2009
Luca Basso, Vittorio Morfino
A French Marx
The singular, the trans-individual and the common

07.04.2009
Pier Vittorio Aureli, Andrea Cavaletti, Katja Diefenbach, Mark Purcell, Miguel Robles-Duran, Lukasz Stanek, Roemer van Toorn, Peter Trummer, Sven-Olov Wallenstein
State-space symposium no. 1
Biopolitics of scale

09.03.2009
Paul Hegarty, Vanessa Theodoropoulos, Jean Louis Violeau
Against the economic: Reading Baudrillard with Bataille, Lacan, Marx, and Debord
A Workshop on Baudrillard

03.02.2009
Lecture of Tom Rockmore at the International Institute for Research and Education, Amsterdam
Is Marx a Fichtean?

04.12.2008
Martin Saar
Negri on Power
Political Spinozism

03.11.2008
Steve Wright
The Refusal of Labor
Tronti's Legacy

05.06.2008
Massimo De Angelis, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Anne Querrien
The production of commons, subjectivity and space
Communists like us

05.12.2007
A. Auerbach, K. Diefenbach, S. Dillemuth, M. Vishmidt
The politics of bohemia

08.11.2007
Maria Muhle
From Foucault to Rancière
Politics, police and power

07.11.2007
Manfred Hermes
Narrative strategies of subjectivisation in Fassbinder’s "Berlin Alexanderplatz"
In the figurative sense

05.10.2007
Serhat Karakayali
On political hegemony and militant becoming: Gramsci and Deleuze
The poetics of knowledge

29.06.2007
Ruben Martinez, Jaron Rowan, Marina Vishmidt, Katja Diefenbach
The cultural producer as model of the post-fordist worker
In the mood for work

05.04.2007
Grahame Lock
The actuality of Althusser's thinking
Dictatorship of the proletariat as political science

04.04.2007
Judith Hopf
The imposition of creative work
Hey production!

08.03.2007
Raul Zelik
Notes on asymmetric warfare and governance
Sovereign police

Filippo del Lucchese

The symptomatic relationship between law and conflict in Spinoza 

Jura communia as anima imperii

Spinoza is often praised by modern scholars as a revolutionary author, providing a metaphysics which either integrates or even substitutes a strictly Marxian political discourse. Yet Spinoza doesn’t seem to endorse in his politics any idea of radical change, or even to express a preference for social transformation. A theory of revolution seems to be the blind spot of Spinozism.

In this paper, I will argue that a traditional theory of revolution is actually impossible within Spinoza’s philosophy. In fact, the idea of radical change is alien to Spinozism insofar as this philosophy involves an unorthodox concept of the causal relationship between law and politics, and in particular between law and conflict, intended as the basic phenomenon of politics.

By discussing some key texts and the problems involved in their translation into modern languages, I will maintain that the relationship between law and politics must be interpreted through some categories of Spinoza’s ontology, and in particular through the mind/body relationship. My thesis is that, although a proper theory of revolution is absent, the connection between jus and polemos/politics can be comprehended in a radically revolutionary way, both from the point of view of subjective rights and of objective law.

Filippo Del Lucchese is Lecturer in History of Political Thought at Brunel University, London.

His research interests are in the early modern period (from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment), history of philosophy and Marxism. He has been Marie Curie fellow, and holds degrees from the universities of Pisa and Paris IV (Sorbonne). He is the author of Conflict, Power and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza (Continuum Press, 2009, translated in French by Éditions Amsterdam). He has also published articles on the history of early modern philosophy and political theory. His next book on Machiavelli is forthcoming from Polity Press in 2013. He has taught in Italy, France, Lebanon and the United States. He is currently working on a project on Political Teratology: The Monster as a Political Concept in the Early Modern Period. He is also interested in cinema and film studies. Del Lucchese is member of the editorial board of Décalages (Los Angeles), and the director of Jura Gentium Cinema (www.jgcinema.com).