Spinoza's Authority : Resistance and Power in Ethics . 1
(Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy)
Kordela, A. Kiarina (EDT)
Vardoulakis, Dimitris (EDT)
Bloomsbury Academic 2019/06
222 p. 23 cm
New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2017. This book capitalizes on a downplayed aspect of Spinoza's thought (political philosophy) that has started to become a fundamental means of studying the philosopher, and particularly as a means of comprehending Spinoza's influence on contemporary debates. World-class line-up contrubutors, include Warren Montag and Antonio Negri.
Spinoza's political thought has been subject to a significant revival of interest in recent years. As a response to difficult times, students and scholars have returned to this founding figure of modern philosophy as a means to help reinterpret and rethink the political present. Spinoza's Authority Volume I: Resistance and Power in Ethics makes a significant contribution to this ongoing reception and utilization of Spinoza's political thought by focusing on his posthumously published Ethics. By taking the concept of authority as an original framework, this books asks: How is authority related to ethics, ontology, and epistemology? What are the social, historical and representational processes that produce authority and resistance? And what are the conditions of effective resistance? Spinoza's Authority features a roster of internationally established theorists of Spinoza's work, and covers key elements of Spinoza's political philosophy, including: questions of authority, the resistance to authority, sovereign power, democratic control, and the role of Spinoza's "multitudes".
Table of Contents
Reference Guide and List of Abbreviations Preface A. Kiarina Kordela and Dimitris Vardoulakis Chapter 1: Equality and Power: Spinoza's Reformulation of the Aristotelian Tradition of Egalitarianism Dimitris Vardoulakis Chapter 2: Spinoza's Ethics and Politics of Freedom: Active and Passive Power Aurelia Armstrong Chapter 3: Grammars of Conatus: or, On the Primacy of Resistance in Spinoza, Foucault, and Deleuze Cesare Casarino Chapter 4: Beyond Legitimacy: The State as an Imaginary Entity in Spinoza's Political Ontology Juan Domingo Sanchez Estop Chapter 5: The Cold Quietness of the Stars: Proof, Rhetoric, and the Authority of Reason in the Ethics Joseph Hughes Chapter 6: Spinoza: A Different Power to Act Antonio Negri Chapter 7: Commanding the Body: The Language of Subjection in Ethics III, P2S Warren Montag Chapter 8: Interrupting the System: Spinoza and Maroon Thought James Edward Ford III Chapter 9: Spinoza's Biopolitics: Commodification of Substance, and Secular Immortality A. Kiarina Kordela Bibliography Index