Exercises in Contingency, Reversals, and Contrapuntal Rhythms of Spinoza

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In this paper I will focus on the revolutionary significance of the immanent ontology of Spinoza. Because of the common denominator in their use of Spinoza's texts - the radical immanence related to questions of power, (dis)obedience, democracy, and free expression - I want to bring together concepts and proposals of Deleuze, Agamben and Negri. Deleuze talks about a contrapuntal natural plan of composition that breaks with the hierarchy and linear time development of the theological plan and in which the focus turns from the object or subject to the relations between individuating conditions of an anonymous power. Immanent thought is not aimed at form or content but at the relations between rhythms. Agamben also talks about rhythm but he does so in his research on the structure of the work of art and human nature, Spinoza remains hypodermic. Art offers a place in time. Agamben connects Spinoza's terminology of multitude and imperium with Dante, and throughout the chronology, with Bartleby. Immanent thought is an exercise in contingency. Negri emphasizes Spinoza's anomalous materialism, the role of imagination and affects, the spatial and narrative perspectives in the composition plan, and the conflict between the potentiality of the multitude and the institutional power of authorities, with the reversal of the perspectives and order. I will feed these proposals back to the texts of Spinoza, specifically the TTP, and confront them with the confutation of the TTP (1674) by the grain trader Blyenberg. He wants to reverse Spinoza's reversals, redress the free will and morality, restore the fear of punishment as basis for politics, stop the reduction of humans to animals, disconnect the reason from power and lust, and abolish the permission 'to feel what one wants and to say what one feels'. People are not equal; free expression ruins the foundations of Christian morality and State. The question arises who benefits from one theory or the other. If my presumption is correct that the TP can be seen as Spinoza's powerful, paradigmatic and clear answer to this confutation, then its arguing sustains an ethical political, immanent ontology.
Originele taal-2English
StatusPublished - 2013
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