Spinoza: The Velocities of Thought: Lecture 1, 02 December 1980

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 02 December 1980. This is lecture 1 of a 14-lecture seminar Deleuze taught between December 1980 and March 1981.

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The Deleuze Seminars is a collection of audio recordings, transcriptions, and English translations of, and supplemental materials from, the lectures French philosopher Gilles Deleuze gave during his career at the University of Paris 8.

“Spinoza: The Velocities of Thought” was a 14-lecture seminar given from December 1980 to March 1981. In this seminar, Deleuze revisits his examination of Baruch Spinoza’s philosophy. Deleuze had previously published two books on Spinoza: Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza (Spinoza et le problème de l'expression, 1968), and Spinoza: Practical Philosophy (Spinoza Philosophie pratique, 1970, 2nd ed. 1981). The majority of these lectures were given the same year as the publication of the second edition of the latter title.

In the 02 December 1980 lecture, Deleuze discusses Spinoza’s Ethics, Book V, and his Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione (TIE), § 46, 49, and 75. Topics include: the Third Kind of Knowledge in Spinoza's epistemology; concept and affect; continuity and discontinuity; the doctrine of Parallelism; the equivocity of the word substance; modes and attributes; the finite and the infinite; natural reason; Descartes and the Cogito; Socrates; the beginning of philosophy and paradox; Zeno of Elea; the history of logic in philosophy; and the being of the negative. Deleuze also discusses French writer Romain Rolland and his L'éclair de Spinoza; the Marquis de Sade; German philosopher and theologian Nicholas of Cusa; and Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

This dataset includes: two mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 2:04:18), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (27 pp) and plain text.

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Les Séminaires de Deleuze sont une collection d'enregistrements audio, de transcriptions et de traductions en anglais et de documents complémentaires des conférences que le philosophe français Gilles Deleuze a donné lors de sa carrière à l'Université de Paris 8.

«Spinoza: des vitesses de la pensée» était un séminaire de 14 conférences donné de décembre 1980 à mars 1981. Dans ce séminaire, Deleuze revisite son examen de la philosophie de Baruch Spinoza. Deleuze avait précédemment publié deux ouvrages sur Spinoza: Spinoza et le problème de l'expression (1968) et Spinoza – Philosophie pratique (1970, 2e éd., 1981). La majorité de ces conférences ont eu lieu la même année que la publication de la deuxième édition de ce dernier titre.

Dans la conférence du 2 décembre 1980, Deleuze discute Éthique, Livre V et Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione (Traité de la réforme de l'entendement), § 46, 49 et 75. Les sujets abordés sont: le troisième genre de connaissance dans l'épistémologie de Spinoza; concept et affect; continuité et discontinuité; la doctrine du Parallélisme; l'équivocité du mot substance; les modes et les attributs; le fini et l'infini; la raison naturelle; Descartes et le Cogito; Socrate; le commencement de la philosophie et le paradoxe; Zénon d'Elée; l'histoire de la logique en philosophie; et l'être du négatif. Deleuze parle aussi de l'écrivain français Romain Rolland et de son L'éclair de Spinoza; le marquis de Sade; la philosophe et théologien allemand Nicolas de Cues; et l'écrivain russe Fiodor Dostoïevski.

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This research has been generously supported through a grant from the College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University.

The description of this dataset is based on the meticulous work of Frédéric Astier, whose Les cours enregistrés de Gilles Deleuze, 1979-1987 has catalogued Deleuze’s seminars for those years.

Special thanks to the family of Gilles Deleuze and the University of Paris 8 for permission to reproduce the material published here.

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