‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part II)

I. The Function Of Parallelism In Spinoza’s Ethical Theory However, there is perhaps still another proposition in Spinoza’s Ethics, which would present a possible contradiction with our prior argument regarding the metaphysical status of IIP7. In IIIP2 Spinoza writes that: “The body cannot determine the mind to thinking, and the mind cannot determine the body … Continue reading ‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part II)

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‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part I)

Two ideas motivate this inquiry into Deleuze's reading of Spinoza. First, how does Deleuze envision the parallelism attributed to Spinoza as an ethical concept, as opposed to an ontological one? Second, how does this lead to Deleuze's remarks regarding ethical difference in Spinoza's Ethics? It is these two questions that are involved in this claim: "There is … Continue reading ‘Ethical Difference’: Spinoza and Deleuze (Part I)