Spinoza: The Velocities of Thought: Lecture 5, 13 January 1981

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By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 13 January 1981. This is lecture 5 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 13 January 1981 lecture, topics of discussion include: Spinozism and Dutch painting; French artist Paul Claudel and his The Eye Listens (L'œil écoute); Egyptian bas-relief; Christianity and Atheism; the pictorial deformation of bodies; French artist Paul Cézanne; German-American phenomenologist and neurologist Erwin Straus; French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty; French philosopher Henri Maldiney; the phenomenology of feeling; Spinoza's Letters to Blyenbergh, Letter 23; action and the image of things; prophetism, sign and expression; Adam, prophetism and sign language; equivocity; the expression and composition of relations, and the infinite; Christ and the Church; negative theology and symbolism; and the bearing of a body.

This dataset includes: two mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 1:20:24), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (30 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 13 janvier 1981, les sujets de discussion comprennent: le spinozisme et la peinture hollandaise; l'artiste français Paul Claudel et son L'œil écoute; le bas-relief égyptien; Christianisme et athéisme; de la déformation picturale des corps; l'artiste français Paul Cézanne; le phénoménologue et neurologue germano-américain Erwin Straus; le philosophe français Maurice Merleau-Ponty; le philosophe français Henri Maldiney; la phénoménologie du sentir; les Lettres à Blyenbergh de Spinoza, Lettre 23; l'action et l'image des choses; prophétisme, signe et expression; Adam, prophétisme et le langage des signes; équivocité; l'expression et la composition de rapports à l'infini; Christ et l'Église; théologie négative et symbolisme; et l’allure d'un corps.

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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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