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To work out the presence of Spinoza, Louis Althusser as soon as quipped, "one needs to no less than have heard of him". The essays gathered during this quantity recommend that what applies to Althusser applies to his entire new release -- that Spinoza is an unsuspected yet very actual presence within the paintings of latest philosophers from Deleuze and Lacan to Foucault and Derrida.

These essays, so much of them showing in English for the 1st time, determine Spinoza's rightful position within the improvement and course of up to date continental philosophy. the quantity should still curiosity not just the starting to be team of students drawn to Spinoza's idea on ethics, politics, and subjectivity, but in addition theorists in numerous fields who've no longer but understood how their paintings can productively interact Spinoza.

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