Spinoza's Critique of Religion and Its Heirs: Marx, Benjamin, Adorno

2015.12.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Spinoza's Critique of Religion and Its Heirs: Marx, Benjamin, Adorno, Cambridge University Press, 2015,
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2015.12.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Spinoza's Critique of Religion and Its Heirs: Marx, Benjamin, Adorno, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 275pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107094918. Reviewed by Jason Read, University of Southern Maine Idit Dobbs-Weinstein's book challenges many commonly held conceptions. First, while it is not uncommon to hear the names Marx and Spinoza mentioned together, not many add the names Benjamin and Adorno to the conjunction. The connection between Marx and Spinoza is generally framed these days through either Althusser and the works of Étienne Balibar and Pierre Macherey, or Antonio Negri and other members of the autonomist tradition. Second, while the critical theory of the Frankfurt School is grounded in such philosophers as Kant, Hegel, and Marx, Spinoza often appears less as a precursor than as part of what the critical theorists consider to be the dark side of the Enlightenment. I am. . .

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