Spinoza / Hegel: The Phantoms of the Negative


In the reproach that Hegel will make to Spinoza, that he ignored the negative and its power, lies the glory and innocence of Spinoza, his own discovery. In a world consumed by the negative, he has enough confidence in life, in the power of life, to challenge death, the murderous appetite of men, the rules of good and evil, of the just and the unjust. Enough confidence in life to denounce all the phantoms of the negative.

For Spinoza is one of the vivants-voyants. Spinoza did not believe in hope or even in courage; he believed only in joy, and in vision. He let others live, provided that others let him live. He wanted only to inspire, to waken, to reveal.

– Deleuze: Spinoza – Practical Philosophy

3 thoughts on “Spinoza / Hegel: The Phantoms of the Negative

  1. That’s not what Hegel meant by the negative. Spinoza also wrote that his system was only “in part about negation.” That part has to do with modes which are ‘ways’ and the modes of imaginative knowledge in particular… I think. Defended on this last October and sometimes write on Hegel’s SoL.


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