Spinoza’s philosophy, especially in its contemporary readings inspired by Deleuze and Althusser, is a radical choice for being without gaps or imperfections, for a substance that has no use for negativity, for a production of differences which are not simple logical contradictions. As such, it stands in opposition to all thought which follows Hegel’s equally radical choice for productive power of the negative, of nothingness itself, to any claim that non-being is creative. It seems that contemporary materialism should either choose one or the other, Spinoza or Hegel, Spinoza against Hegel. But is that really so? Perhaps one of the major tasks of materialism today is precisely the task of thinking their encounter in its historical, ontological, and political implications.
Gregor Moder (Ljubljana)
Benjamin Noys (Chichester), author of The Persistence of the Negative
Jamila Mascat (Utrecht), author of Hegel a Jena: La critica dell’astrazione
Caroline Williams (Queen Mary), author of Contemporary French Philosophy
Modernity and the Persistence of the Subject
Film Screening: “Vision” by Margarethe von Trotta (2009)
Monday, 6 November 2017
with discussion to follow.
A reading group on Gramsci and Philosophy hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute and moderated by Alberto Toscano (co-director, CPCT)
Tuesday 31 October 2017
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
39 Belgrave Square
On the occasion of the first exhibition of Gramsci’s prison notebooks (Quaderni del carcere) outside of Italy, we will be discussing Part III, Section 1 of the English-language translation Selections from the Prison Notebooks, ‘The Study of Philosophy’ (ed. and trans. Quentin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith, London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1971), pp. 321-377 (with reference to the original Italian of the Quaderni).
The reading group is free and open to all but due to limited numbers you must register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org