Category Archives: Baruch Spinoza

Reading the Classics of Western Philosophy

List below and survey here. The queston asked is how many of these have you read. And the whole of these books, not some, not an abbreviated form. I’m claiming 18 of these, and bits, sometimes substantial, of others. Never read any Sidgwick, Moore, … Continue reading

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John Protevi on ‘How to begin reading Deleuze’

John Protevi offers some good advice at New APPS. He starts with Deleuze’s book Spinoza: Practical Philosophy and then offers suggestions for primary and secondary literature.

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Peter Gratton – Spinoza and the Biopolitical Roots of Modernity audio available

The audio recording of Peter Gratton’s talk ‘Spinoza and the Biopolitical Roots of Modernity’ at UWS is now available (from here, via’s Peter’s blog). Abstract: Much has been written about bio-political sovereignty in the wake of Giorgio Agamben’s work, which relies, … Continue reading

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Political Theology and Early Modernity

Interesting looking collection edited by Graham Hammill and Julia Reinhard Lupton, with a postface by Etienne Balibar. Political theology is a distinctly modern problem, one that takes shape in some of the most important theoretical writings of the twentieth and … Continue reading

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Macherey, Hegel or Spinoza – panel discussion

The discussion of Pierre Macherey, Hegel or Spinoza at the Association of American Geographers included Keith Woodward, Susan Ruddick, Stuart Elden, Vinay Gidwani, and Warren Montag. You can find the audio recording here. I’ve posted the following before, but you can read a … Continue reading

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New York talks

Off to New York, probably my favourite city. Three talks over the next few days… 24-25 February 2012 – “The Geopolitics of King Lear: Territory, Land, Earth”, Anachronic Shakespeare conference, Poetics and Theory program, New York University 27 February 2012 … Continue reading

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Jason Read on Pierre Macherey, Hegel or Spinoza

This is a good, detailed review of the recently published translation of Pierre Macherey, Hegel or Spinoza. You can read a brief interview I did with the translator, Susan Ruddick, here. Society and Space published a version of the introduction and … Continue reading

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