The Wrong Couple – Review of Gregor Moder, Hegel and Spinoza: Substance and Negativity

The wrong couple Radical Philosophy 2018

Image result for radical philosophy UKModer’s rejection of emanation is linked to his rejection of ontotheology. But his emphasis on reading Hegel and Spinoza through such a Heideggerian lens distorts the logic of their systems. Neither is Moder’s attempt at reconciliation between Hegel and Spinoza particularly novel, as Mladen Dolar’s foreword claims. Errol Harris, Leslie Armour, and others have dwelt on the question of reconciliation of Spinoza and Hegel before Moder, focusing on key aspects of their systems that Moder leaves behind. Like the ‘incompleteness of Being’ that Moder assumes, his book is likewise incomplete. Moder has missed an opportunity to affect a real reconciliation between the two rationalist metaphysicians. Instead – and this is Moder’s main achievement – he has effectively reconciled only a postmodern Spinoza and a postmodern Hegel, and not the figures themselves. While Moder named his book Hegel and Spinoza, a better title would be Žižek and Deleuze.

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Steven Pinker: False Friend of the Enlightenment (Jacobin 2018)

Steven Pinker_ False Friend of the Enlightenment Jacobin 2018

Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now is a manual for liberal self-congratulation. This preening tome professes a pragmatic and quantitative approach to the world’s problems. For Pinker, modern capitalist democracy has basically gotten things right, and activism should at most consist of pushing for minor improvements, mitigating bad symptoms around the edges.

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Substance Abuse: Spinoza contra Deleuze (Epoche 2018)

https://www.pdcnet.org/epoche/content/epoche_2018_0999_8_1_126

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This paper will set out in plain language the basic ontology of “Deleuze’s Spinoza”; it will then critically examine whether such a Spinoza has, or indeed could have, ever truly existed.  In this, it will be shown that Deleuze’s reading of Spinoza involves the imposition of three interlocking, formal principles.  These are (1) Necessitarianism, (2) Immanence, and (3) Univocity.  The uncovering of Deleuze’s use of these three principles, how they relate to one another, and what they jointly imply in terms of ontology, will occupy Part 1 of this paper.  The critique of these principles from a Spinozist perspective, i.e. that their use by Deleuze is incompatible with Spinoza’s own metaphysics, will occupy Part 2 of this paper.

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Behemoth and Leviathan: The Fascist Bestiary of the Alt-Right (Salvage 2017)

Behemoth and Leviathan Salvage 2017

This imagination is an unstable and fractured thing, torn between two opposing ‘animal spirits’. These are Behemoth and Leviathan. Originating in
the Bible, these beasts gained philosophical meaning in Thomas Hobbes’ political philosophy, and entered fascist thought through the writings of
the Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt.

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The Need to Confront the Alt-Right

Need to Confront the Alt Right Verso 2017

Image result for verso publishingThe University of Michigan is preparing for a visit from white supremacist Richard Spencer. If past is prologue, then the UM administration’s policy will tend toward disengagement and caution, rather than effective resistance.

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Nature or Atoms? Reframing the IR Curriculum through Ethical Worldviews (Teaching Ethics)

Nature or Atoms IR Teaching Ethics 2017

Why Stoic cosmopolitanism can point the way beyond the Idealist/Realist dichotomy in International Relations.

Holding Up World

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Humanism, Biocentrism, and the Problem of Justification (Ethics, Policy & Environment)

Humanism, Biocentrism, and the Problem of Justification (Ethics, Policy & Environment)

A response to Curren and Metzger’s Living Well Now and in the
Future: Why Sustainability Matters

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