Spinoza, The Time of Vigilance
Payot & Rivages
In this profoundly innovative work, Nicolas Israël analyzes Spinoza’s distinction between duration and that which divides it, time, as well as his differentiation between that which is factual and that which is constructed, within temporality. In this thorough study, Israël describes how Spinoza believed that certain forms of time are the product of our imagination, and therefore subject us to their control. He also argues the interconnectedness between politics and time and examines how Spinoza’s definition of time and duration greatly defined the political field and, as a result, freedom. In Spinoza, le temps de la vigilance, Nicolas Israël considerably renews our interpretation of Spinoza and contributes in a unique way to understanding the question of time and politics.
Nicolas Israel : Nicolas Israël is a professor of philosophy at the University of Lyon-III.