Nouvelle parution : traduction d’un ouvrage de Pierre Macherey
“Pierre Macherey not only demonstrates how Hegel misread Spinoza, but also offers against the backdrop of the Hegelian dialectic an exciting and original interpretation of Spinoza’s thought. The alternative—Hegel or Spinoza — thus becomes a powerful and significant dividing line for politics and thought. And Macherey forces you to choose which side you are on.” — Michael Hardt, coauthor of Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth
“Hegel or Spinoza is a classic. Both Spinoza and Hegel emerge from Macherey’s work in nearly unrecognizable forms, allowing us to read them in unprecedented ways.” —Warren Montag, author of Bodies, Masses, Power: Spinoza and His Contemporaries
Hegel or Spinoza is the first English-language translation of the modem classic Hegel ou Spinoza. Published in French in 1979, it has been widely influential, particularly in the work of the philosophers Alain Badiou, Antonio Negri, and Gilles Deleuze. It is a surgically precise interrogation of the points of misreading of Spinoza by Hegel. Pierre Macherey explains the necessity of Hegel’s misreading in the kernel of thought that is “indigestible” for Hegel, which makes the Spinozist system move in a way that Hegel cannot grasp. In doing so, Macherey exposes the limited and situated truth of Hegel’s perspective — which reveals more about Hegel than about his object of analysis. Against Hegel’s characterization of Spinoza’s work as immobile, Macherey offers a lively alternative that upsets the accepted historical progression of philosophical knowledge. He finds in Spinoza an immanent philosophy that is not subordinated to the guarantee of an a priori truth.
Not simply authorizing a particular reading— a “good” Spinoza against a “bad” Hegel — Hegel or Spinoza initiates an encounter that produces a new understanding, a common truth that emerges in the interval that separates the two.