French and Italian Spinozism

In Rosi Braidotti & Alan D. Schrift (eds.), After Poststructuralism - Transitions and Transformations. The History of Continental Philosopy. Acumen; Chicago University Press (2010)

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Simon B. Duffy
Yale-NUS College
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A renaissance in Spinoza studies took place in France at the end of the 1960s, which gave new impetus to the study of Spinoza’s work and continues to have a marked effect on the direction of research in the field today. The effect of this renewed interest and direction did not remain isolated to France but quickly spread across the continent. Although certain of the figures involved in this event have become rather well known in some academic circles, and their work widely read, the details of these developments and the specific texts that contributed to and sustained this new direction in research have remained largely unknown in the English-speaking world. The aim of this essay, therefore, is to provide a survey of this event, to review the background to these developments, to introduce the main protagonists – along with some of the lesser known but equally important figures – and to single out and asses the key texts, their specific focus and their contribution to the new direction in research.
Keywords Spinoza  France  Italy
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