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.

Spinoza Statue

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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

Primate Skeletons

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Dialectical Enlightenment (Jacobin Magazine)

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/05/radical-enlightenment-philosophy-spinoza-materialism-marxism

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Aliens, Antisemitism and Academia (Jacobin Magazine)

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/03/jason-reza-jorjani-stony-brook-alt-right-arktos-continental-philosophy-modernity-enlightenment/

Alt-right conspiracy theorists have embraced postmodern philosophy. The Left should return to the Enlightenment to oppose their irrational and hateful politics.

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