By Stuart Pethick

Pethick investigates a miles overlooked philosophical connection among of the main debatable figures within the background of philosophy: Spinoza and Nietzsche. by means of interpreting the an important position that affectivity performs of their philosophies, this e-book claims that the 2 philosophers percentage the typical target of constructing wisdom the main strong impact.

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2 Descartes’ focus on the immanent processes 2 Spinoza (2002: 117). Spinoza: Discovering What the Body Can Do 21 of thought divorced from the prejudices of inherited dogma provided the foundations upon which to begin rethinking the productive power of the mind, as well as its fragility at the mercy of our random encounters in the world. However, whilst Spinoza is doubtlessly influenced by the Cartesian resolve to face up to the challenges posed by a modern world without the comforts of theological dogma, Spinoza’s turn to the affective nature of experience means that he moves away decisively from Descartes’ solution, which famously involves a dualistic approach to understanding the world and maintaining a strict separation between mind and body.

Della Rocca (2008: 149). L7S. Spinoza: Discovering What the Body Can Do 41 transitional or as the site of affectivity is always-already affective and durational. The body should not be considered as a mere thing that undergoes various events therefore, but as the very site of events, as ‘evental’. This is precisely Spinoza’s point in his attempt to rethink the bodily in terms of the immanence of affectivity and the body as the site of the transient and durational continuity of certain affective relations.

However, Spinoza refuses to accept that ideas can control the body and our actions in any simple way; rather, ideas themselves have an affective dimension and a degree of ‘adequacy’, and it is here that they can be involved in organising our activities. Before understanding what is meant by this, it is necessary to take a closer look at precisely why for Spinoza they cannot causally interact with corporeality. As mentioned above, Spinoza considers an idea as being a concept of the mind81 and quite typically as the basic element of mentality.

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