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The Spinoza-Machiavelli Encounter

Time and Occasion

Vittorio Morfino
Translated by Dave Mesing
Preface by Etienne Balibar

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An exhaustive account of the Spinoza–Machiavelli relationship and its relevance for contemporary philosophy

Vittorio Morfino draws out the implications of the dynamic Spinoza–Machiavelli encounter by focusing on the concepts of causality, temporality and politics. This allows him to think through the relationship between ontology and politics, leading to an understanding of history as a complex and plural interweaving of different rhythms.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction: Unscripted Space, Devoured Time

Translator's Note and Acknowledgements


  1. Machiavelli in Spinoza's Library and Texts
  2. Machiavelli's Implicit Presence in Spinoza's Texts
  3. Causality and Temporality Between Machiavelli and Spinoza
  4. Machiavelli and Spinoza: Theory of the Individual as Antiphilosophy of History


About the Author

Vittorio Morfino is Senior Researcher in the History of Philosophy at the Univerity of Milan-Bicocca. He has published extensively on Spinoza, Machiavelli, Marx, German Idealism, Leibniz and Althusser. His most recent book is Plural Temporality: Transindividuality and the Aleatory Between Spinoza and Althusser (Brill, 2014).

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