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By Stuart Pethick

Pethick investigates a miles ignored philosophical connection among of the main debatable figures within the heritage of philosophy: Spinoza and Nietzsche. through reading the an important function that affectivity performs of their philosophies, this publication claims that the 2 philosophers percentage the typical aim of creating wisdom the main strong have an effect on.

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Furthermore, we also need to work out how it might be possible to bear these well so we can maintain our bodies and increase or power to affect and be affected by other bodies. The obvious answer to this problem is that the intellect manages to control affectivity by forming ideas and concepts that overcome the singularities of the affects to form guiding generalisations and principles, but things are not so straightforward for Spinoza. As will be discussed below, thinking and corporeality do not causally interact, meaning that the mind cannot control the body simply through ideas and concepts.

11 Kant (1929: 505; KrV A599, B627). 100). 67). 13 This links to his analysis of ideas as having two modalities, namely clarity and distinction, which will be important for the discussion of Spinoza below and the role of affectivity and expression in his philosophy. To stick with Descartes for the time being, ideas have a clarity and a distinctiveness and both these elements need to be taken into account. 14 These components refer to the force of the idea or perception (clarity) and the extent to which this force can be discerned (distinctiveness).

Pre. This criticism is perhaps too harsh in that it is not certain that all Stoics thought that affectivity could be entirely controlled by the intellect. Indeed, as James (2001), Kristeller (1984), Long (1996) and Perebroom (2001) point out, Spinoza is somewhat closer to stoicism than he admits. 6 45 Adequacy of ideas Although the importance of affectivity and the body for Spinoza has been highlighted above, ideas are still a crucial element of his philosophy. However, Spinoza refuses to accept that ideas can control the body and our actions in any simple way; rather, ideas themselves have an affective dimension and a degree of ‘adequacy’, and it is here that they can be involved in organising our activities.

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