Shared Knowledge and Affirmative Subjectivities : Re-reading Spinoza with Lloyd, Braidotti and Deleuze
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AbstractIn which way can we support, theoretically and practically, a dynamic and nomadic ethics
that favours affirmative processes of subjectification? Who can help us, from a genealogical
point of view, to overcome the concept of the rational subject, self-reliant and selfsufficient?
To what extent can we think and practice a materialist ethic that enhances the
affirmative subjectivities, as well as new models of participation and shared responsibility?
To address those questions, this essay traces the rediscovery of Spinoza’s thought in many
contemporary thinkers: Genevieve Lloyd, Rosi Braidotti, and Gilles Deleuze. The reason
why those thinkers return to Spinoza lies in the affirmative power of his philosophy.
Spinoza innovates materialism not only because he brings it back to monism, but mostly
because he connects, in the Ethics , the cognitive, imaginative and affective human powers
to the power of the whole subjectivity. In conclusion the essay focuses on the political
ontology provided by Braidotti and Deleuze, as a perspective that enables us to be
affirmative starting from our bodies.
Angela Balzano, "Shared Knowledge and Affirmative Subjectivities : Re-reading Spinoza with Lloyd, Braidotti and Deleuze", in "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2018) XX/2", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018, pp. 333-350