Voor volgende maand is de verschijning aangekondigd van dit boek, waarin Aristides Baltas vergelijkingen maakt tussen Spinoza en Wittgenstein.
Aristides Baltas, Peeling Potatoes or Grinding Lenses. Spinoza and Young Wittgenstein Converse on Immanence and Its Logic. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.
“I can work best now while peeling potatoes. . . . It is for me what lens-grinding was for Spinoza.”
More than 250 years separate the publication of Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Both are considered monumental philosophical treatises, produced during markedly different times in human history, and notoriously challenging to interpret. In Peeling Potatoes or Grinding Lenses, Aristides Baltas contends that these works bear a striking similarity based on the idea of “radical immanence.” Each purports to understand the world, thought, and language from the inside and in a way leading to the dissolution of all philosophy. In that guise, both offer a powerful argument against fundamentalism of all sorts and kinds.