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Spinoza Junho 8, 2013

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Publicado pela Punctum Books este pequeno livro de ensaios de Léopold Lambert recolhe textos divulgados anteriormente no blog “The Funambulist: Architectural Narratives”. São pequenos ensaios onde o autor problematiza a importância do pensamento de Baruch Spinoza na análise contemporânea, dando um destaque especial a questões relacionadas com a arquitectura e o cinema. Para mim as releituras possíveis de uma incorporação de espacialidades diversas são marcas de um pensamento que nos está a provocar, 500 anos depois, uma abertura de hipóteses explicativas deste século XXI. Boas leituras e aqui fica a pequena introdução.

Although The Gay Science is a book by Friedrich Nietzsche,  Baruch Spinoza could have been the author of a book by the same title. The materialist joy that he describes in his Ethics is an inspiration to all creative disciplines. Spinoza is not read as much as Deleuze and Foucault (to whom two other pamphlets are dedicated) yet his writings can help to develop a powerful artistic production. He refuses to think of a God that would be a creator, but rather celebrates a God creature, namely nature in its infinite substance of which every living and non-living body in the world is made. We ignore what a body can do, says Spinoza. Such ignorance is the key to creation as each manipulation of matter, each composition of its substance in various relations between the bodies, brings an incomplete answer to this question. Architecture through its materiality and Cinema through its vision of the world are two creative disciplines among others that can bring a Spinozist contribution to the field. Immanence is the key word here: no transcendental intervention, no deus ex-machina, only what is here, the matter and its continuous flow, assembling and disassembling bodies, creating biologies, animating anatomies with no other purpose than its celebration of their being. That is the true joy that Spinoza teaches us: we might not be as free as we think we are, but we are carried by forces that link the whole material world together.

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