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Spinoza: The Velocities of Thought: Lecture 7, 27 January 1981

Listed in Datasets publication by group The Deleuze Seminars

By Gilles Deleuze

Lecture given by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze at the University of Paris 8, 27 January 1981. This is lecture 7 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 27 January 1981 lecture, topics of discussion include: innate ideas and true ideas; modes of life and knowledge; semiology; American philosopher, logician, and scientist Charles Sanders Peirce and his theory of the sign; variability, associativity, and equivocity; Jewish philosopher André Neher and his Quality of Prophecy; negative theology; sense, finite and infinite; Aristotle and substances; Descartes; science and metaphysics; Cézanne; the world of signs and the optical world; the language of geometry; indicative signs, imperative signs and interpretative signs; and The Confessions of Rousseau. Deleuze also considers several aspects of seventeenth century Dutch painting during this lecture, including: its use of light; the thought of the infinite; the pure optical space of the seventeenth century versus the Greek tactile-optical space; and Dutch painting independent of forms.

This dataset includes: three mp3 recordings of the lecture (total time, 2:05:59), an aggregate version of the audio recordings into a single mp3, and the complete French transcription of the recorded lecture in both pdf (32 pp) and plain text.

Note: a) Material beginning with “A ce moment là…” on p. 29 of the transcription to the end of the lecture (p. 32) is not included in the part 3 and complete audio files. b) The aggregate audio file has been downsampled.

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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 27 janvier 1981, les sujets de discussion comprennent: des Idées innées et des Idées vraies; les modes de vie et de connaissance; sémiologie; le philosophe, logicien et scientifique américain Charles Sanders Peirce et sa théorie du signe; variabilité, associativité et équivocité; le philosophe juif André Neher et sa L’essence du prophétisme; théologie négative; sens fini et infini; Aristote et les substances; Descartes; science et métaphysique; Cézanne; le monde des signes et le monde optique; le langage de la géométrie; signes indicatifs, signes impératifs et signes interprétatifs; et Les Confessions de Rousseau. Deleuze considère aussi plusieurs aspects de la peinture hollandaise du XVIIe siècle au cours de cette conférence, notamment: l'utilisation de la lumière; la pensée de l’infini; l'espace optique pur du XVIIe siècle contre l'espace tactile-optique grec; et la peinture hollandaise indépendante des formes.

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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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