Affect and Vulnerability: Spinoza & Deleuze on Negativity

This lecture responds to criticisms that Spinoza cannot account for vulnerability since he does not have a strong enough conception of negativity that could account for loss and mourning (Butler). This lecture argues that affects, as with the social in Spinoza, support the conception of relational individuals, and that elements of negativity both in Spinoza and in Deleuze’s conception of death can help us redefine social vulnerability.
Kim Sang Ong-Van-Cung is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy at the University Michel-de-Montaigne of Bordeaux-III in France. More information can be found at criticaltheory.berkeley.edu.
Introduction: Judith Butler, Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s