On the notion of the political in postmarxist theory.


Syllabus 2012: Reading Spinoza

Reading Spinoza. »One of the greatest lessons in heresy«

February: Marx with Spinoza: Immanent Causality

— Louis Althusser (1965, 1968): Reading Capital (chapter II. 9. Marx's immense theoretical revolution), London: New Left Books (NLB), 1970, pp. 182-193

— Louis Althusser (1974): Elements of self-criticism (chapter 3, 4: Structuralism, On Spinoza), in Essays of self-criticism, London: 1976, pp. 126-142

— Eugene Holland: Marx and Spinoza, in Cultural Logic, Volume 2, No 1, Fall 1998

Further references

— Louis Althusser: Is it simple to be a Marxist in philosophy? (chapter: The ‘last instance ...’, On the process of knowledge), pp. 175-195
— Louis Althusser: Spinoza. The only materialist tradition, in: Warren Montag/ Ted Stolze, The new Spinoza, Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 3-19
— Warren Montag: Introduction, in: Pierre Macherey: In a materialist way. Selected essays, London, New York: Verso, 1998, pp. 6-9
— André Tosel: Du matérialisme de Spinoza (chapter: Spinoza dans la crise du Marxisme. Le neo-spinozisme de Louis Althusser), Éditions Kimé, Paris 1994, pp. 204-210

March: A positive ontology of difference or a materialist dialectics?

— Pierre Macherey: Hegel or Spinoza (chapter: The problem of the attributes), University of Minnesota Press, 2011 (in: Warren Montag/ Ted Stolze: The new Spinoza, pp. 65-96)

Further references

— Stanislas Breton: Hegel ou Spinoza. Reflexions sur l’enjeu d’une alternative, in Cahiers Spinoza, No. 4, hiver 1982-83, Paris: Éditions Réplique, pp. 61-87

April : How to distinguish in the infinite?

— Gilles Deleuze: Expressionism in philosophy. Spinoza (chapter 1: Numerical and real distinction) New York: Zone Books 1990, pp. 27-40

— Gilles Deleuze: Sur Spinoza, Cours Vincennes, (english translation), 10/03/1981, [http://www.webdeleuze.com]

— Martial Gueroult: Spinoza’s letter on the infinite (Letter XII, to Louis Meyer)

Further references

— Simon Duffy: The logic of expression. Quality, quantity and intensity in Spinoza, Hegel and Deleuze (chapter: The diffrential point of view of the infinitesimal calculus), Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006, pp. 43-69

May: From the ontological to the affective

— André Tosel: Du matérialisme de Spinoza (chapter 1 : Quelques remarques pour une interprétation de l’Ethique), Paris: Édition Kimé, 1994, pp. 17-36 (German translation available)

— Gilles Deleuze: Expressionism in philosophy. Spinoza (chapter 14: What can a body do), pp. 217-289

— Gilles Deleuze: Spinoza and the three ‘ethics’, in Deleuze: Critical and clinical, pp. 138-151

Further references

— Gilles Deleuze: Sur Spinoza, Cours Vincennes, 24/01/1978: The affect and the idea http://www.webdeleuze.com
— Pierre Macherey: The encounter with Spinoza, in Paul Patton (ed.): Deleuze. A critical reader, Oxford and Malden: Blackwell Publishers, 1996, pp. 139-161
— Pierre-François Moreau: The imitation of the affects and interhuman relations, in Michael Hampe et.al.: Spinoza’s Ethics, A collective commentary, Leiden: Brill, 2011, pp. 167-178

6 May 2012 Lecture by Warren Montag, introduced by Katja Kolsek

June : Spinoza’s zoe

— Geneviève Lloyd: Dominance and difference. A spinozist alternative to the distinction between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’, in Moira Gatens (ed): Feminist interpretations of Spinoza, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009, pp. 29-43

— Moira Gatens: Through a Spinozist Lense. Ethology, Difference, Power, in Paul Patton (ed.): Deleuze. A critical reader, Oxford and Malden: Blackwell Publishers, 1996, pp. 162-187

— Rosi Braidotti: Transpositions. On nomadic ethics (chapter: For the love of zoe, Affects, etc.), Cambridge: Polity 2006, pp. 129-131, 144-163; 200-203

Further references

— Gilles Deleuze/ Félix Guattari: A thousand plateaus (chapter: Becoming (Memories of a Spinozist I, II, etc.)), Minneapolis, University of Minneapolis Press, 2005, pp. 253-272

October: De/con/structive vitalism

— Catherine Malabou: Ontology of the Accident. An essay on destructive plasticity (chapter 2), Cambridge, Polity, 2012, pp.

— Adrian Johnston/ Catherine Malabou: Self and Emotional Life: Merging Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience, New York: Columbia Univ Press, 2012, pp.

November: Absolute Democracy

— Étienne Balibar: Spinoza and politics, London, New York: Verso 2008, pp.

— Antonio Negri: The Political Treatise, or, the foundation of modern democracy, in Negri: Subversive Spinoza, Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, pp, 9-28

Further references

— Alexandre Matheron: Le problème de l’evolution de Spinoza du Traité théologico-politique au Traité politique
— Antonio Negri: Reliqua desiderantur, in Negri: Subversive Spinoza, ed. by Timothy S. Murphy, Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, pp. 28-59

December: A metaphysics of productive forces

— Antonio Negri: The Savage Anomaly. The Power of Spinoza’s Metaphysics and Politics (from the preface, chapter 3, 7 and 9), Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991, pp. xvii-2; 59-68; 144-182; 211-229 [http://www.generation-online.org/p/fpnegri17.htm]

— Pierre Macherey: Negri’s Spinoza, in T.S. Murphy/ A.-K. Mustapha: The philosophy of Antonio Negri, London and Ann Arbor: Pluto Press, 2007, pp. 7-28