Spinoza: The Velocities of Thought: Lecture 3, 16 December 1980

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 16 December 1980. This is lecture 3 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 16 December 1980 lecture, topics of discussion include: the concept of conatus; reason and affect; Hobbes and power; Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise; the English Romantics; the English military leader and statesman Oliver Cromwell; Christ; philosophies of the One; the status of being in Spinoza's ontology; ethics and modes of existence; the good and the bad; Spinoza's Letters to Blyenbergh and the question of Evil; Plato; the relation between the existing and being; judgment and fact; Adam and the loss of power; and the French philosopher and writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his texts The Confessions, Julie, or the New Heloise, and Emile, or On Education.

This dataset includes: two mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 2:04:27), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (29 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 16 décembre 1980, les sujets de discussion incluent: le concept de conatus; raison et affect; Hobbes et la puissance; le Traité théologico-politique de Spinoza; les romantiques anglais; le chef militaire et homme d'État anglais Oliver Cromwell; Christ; les philosophies de l'Un; du statut de l'étant dans l'ontologie de Spinoza; éthique et modes d'existants; le bien et le mal; les Lettres à Blyenbergh de Spinoza et la question du Mal; Platon; le rapport de l'existant et de l'être; jugement et fait; Adam et la perte de puissance; et le philosophe et l’écrivain français Jean-Jacques Rousseau et ses textes Les Confessions, Julie ou la nouvelle Héloïse, et Emile, ou de l'éducation.

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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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