Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft reviews three recent books on Spinoza

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, including Hasana Sharp’s Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization (2011), which I reviewed in Society and Space here. He asks:

The three books I consider in this review — Sharp’s aforementioned Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization, Knox Peden’s Spinoza Contra Phenomenology, and Antonio Negri’s Spinoza for Our Time — all deal with the question of the political meaning of Spinoza’s writings. Yet in each of them a different Spinozism breathes. Each offers a different answer to the question of what a Spinozist politics might look like, if such can exist at all. What sort of politics might we produce if we, too, understood human “actions and appetites” in terms of their production by “lines, planes, and bodies”?