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To determine the presence of Spinoza, Louis Althusser as soon as quipped, "one needs to not less than have heard of him". The essays amassed during this quantity recommend that what applies to Althusser applies to his complete iteration -- that Spinoza is an unsuspected yet very genuine presence within the paintings of latest philosophers from Deleuze and Lacan to Foucault and Derrida.

These essays, such a lot of them showing in English for the 1st time, determine Spinoza's rightful function within the improvement and course of latest continental philosophy. the quantity may still curiosity not just the starting to be workforce of students drawn to Spinoza's idea on ethics, politics, and subjectivity, but in addition theorists in quite a few fields who've now not but understood how their paintings can productively interact Spinoza.

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