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Marx the Spinozist

Monday, 17 April 2017 at 20:37

Spinoza and Marx on Dr John Dunn.

Consciously Christian, Hegel believed that he had developed a supercessionary philosophy, one that took the philosophy of the Jew Spinoza as its starting point. In reality Hegel remained a monophysite and provided the motor of return to Spinoza’s Absolute. It only needed Marx to turn Hegel on his head, consciously in opposition to Fichte, to complete the return, setting Spinoza ‘right side up’ in the process. Above all, Marx was a Spinozist, rather than a Hegelian.

The shadow of the Hegelian dialectic may have remained as a materialist teleology in Marx’s work, as determinism, necessarianism and fatalism. However, its philosophy of progression masked the philosophy of return, which had existed from the start in the Lurianic Kabbalah of exile and return adopted by Spinoza.

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