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This is the introductory chapter of the book Plural Temporality: Transindividuality and the Aleatory Between Spinoza and Althusser, which reconstructs briefly the meaning of Althusser's own invocation of Spinoza, in order to locate it precisely both with respect to the history of Marxism and to the use made of Spinoza in the Marxism of the present. This work of the construction of an ontology of relation is the clarification of the concept of the transindividual, a term that Balibar took from Simondon with the aim of inducing a sort of chemical reaction in Spinoza's as well as in Marx's work. Althusser's reference to Spinoza with regard to the critique of the theory of knowledge, the theory of structural causality and the theory of ideology constitute the implicit premise of the book.

Keywords: Althusser's reference to Spinoza; Marxism; ontology; theory of ideology; theory of structural causality



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