remarkable work, Gilles Deleuze, the renowned French philosopher,
reflects on one of the thinkers of the past who most influenced
his own sweeping reconfiguration of the tasks of philosophy. For
Deleuze, Spinoza, along with Nietzsche and Lucretius, conceived
of philosophy as an enterprise of liberation and radical demystification.
He locates in Spinoza “a set of affects, a kinetic determination,
an impulse” and makes Spinoza into “an encounter, a
Expressionism in Philosophy was the culmination of a series
of monographic studies by Deleuze (on Hume, Bergson, Nietzsche,
Proust, Kant, and Sacher-Masoch) and prepared the transition from
these abstract treatments of historical schemes of experience to
the nomadology of Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Anti-Oedipus
and A Thousand Plateaus, co-authored with Félix
Guattari). Thus, Expressionism in Philosophy is both a
pivotal reading of Spinoza’s work and a crucial text within
the development of Deleuze’s thought.
“Deleuze has a penetrating grasp of Spinoza’s thought.
His study is a major contribution.”
— Library Journal
Also by this author:
Pure Immanence: Essays on a Life