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Deleuze lecteur de Spinoza -La tentation de l'impératif

Abstract : One finds in Deleuze’s writings on Spinoza many formulations in the imperative mood: “one must / one must not”, “we should / we should not”, “one will not confuse / one will not say / one will not be shocked / one will not believe / one will avoid”. The presence of these formulations (the totality of which we here list) is that much more surprising when one considers that Deleuze specifically credits Spinoza with having posed the necessity to distinguish between “description” and “injunction”, as well as for having denounced as a major error mistaking the laws of Nature for commandments. We show therefore that the presence of such imperative formulations makes manifest, in Deleuze’s writing, “the temptation of the imperative” that his theses repress, and from there we characterize the particular position Deleuze adopts in matters concerning the history of philosophy. (tr. Jack Stetter)
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Charles Ramond. Deleuze lecteur de Spinoza -La tentation de l'impératif. Adnen Jdey. Les Styles de Deleuze, Bruxelles : Les Impressions Nouvelles, pp.49-72, 2011, Réflexions faites. ⟨halshs-00638179⟩



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