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Even supposing the artistic impulse surges in rebellion opposed to daily fact, breaking via its confines, it makes pacts with that reality's crucial legislation and returns to it to modulate its experience. in truth, it truly is via praxis that mind's eye and inventive inventiveness transmute the very important matters of existence, giving them human degree. yet while art's idea imbues lifestyles with aesthetic experience, which lifts human event to the religious. inside those views paintings launches messages of particularly human internal propulsions, strivings, beliefs, nostalgia, yearnings prosaic and poetic, profane and sacral, functional and perfect, whereas status on the fragile borderline of everydayness and resourceful event. Art's artistic perduring constructs are intentional marks of the cultured importance attributed to the flux of human existence and replicate the human quest for repose. They mediate communique and participation in spirit and maintain the relative continuity of tradition and historical past.

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To be sure, the postwar introduction of linguistic formalism into the human sciences, from anthropology to psychoanalysis, was a transformative moment in twentieth-century French thought. 13 Here, some preliminary questions insist: Isn’t France’s native son René Descartes typically regarded as the father of modern rationalism? 15 As an investment in rationalism as an ethos—understood as a commitment to the capacity of reason, however it is conceived, to supervene on the spontaneous insights of lived experience—becomes a more clearly discernible trait of modern French thought, developing a fuller and more nuanced account of that rationalism becomes a more urgent task.

My debt is no less great to these other readers who responded to various sections of the book: Ed Baring, Giuseppe Bianco, Ray Brassier, Marija Cetinic, Stefanos Geroulanos, G. M. Goshgarian, Martin Hägglund, Peter Hallward, Ian Hesketh, Ian Hunter, Rob Lehman, Ozren Pupovac, Joel Revill, Audrey Wasser, and Ben Wurgaft. This book would not be the reality it is without the critical advice of these readers. And despite Spinoza’s contention that perfection and reality are one and the same, its imperfections are still my doing.

Consequently, the chapters that detail the uses of Spinozism in their thought also serve as more general introductions to their ideas and projects. The second part of the book looks at the ways that two very familiar thinkers, Althusser and Deleuze, deepened and began to develop the broader implications of this work. In this regard, their efforts form the hinge that connects the history recounted in this book with contemporary Spinozism. But their efforts were not the same effort, and the discrepancies between the transformations they wrought in Spinozism have had lasting effects.

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