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Spinoza, the Epicurean: Authority and Utility in Materialism

Dimitris Vardoulakis


Through a radical new reading of the Theological Political Treatise, Dimitris Vardoulakis argues that the major source of Spinoza’s materialism is the Epicurean tradition that re-emerges in modernity when manuscripts by Epicurus and Lucretius are rediscovered. This reconsideration of Spinoza’s political project, set within a historical context, lays the ground for an alternative genealogy of materialism. Central to this new reading of Spinoza are the theory of practical judgment (understood as the calculation of utility) and its implications for a theory of democracy that is resolutely positio ... More

Keywords: Spinoza, Epicureanism, Agonistic Democracy, Materialism, Phronesis, Ideology, Strauss, Negri, Deleuze, Balibar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474476041
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474476041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dimitris Vardoulakis, author
University of Western Sydney