Part 1 The triads of substance: numerical and real distinction; attribute as expression; attributes and divine names; the absolute; power. Part 2 Parallelism and immanence: expression in parallelism; the two powers and the idea of God; expression and idea; inadequacy; Spinoza against Descartes; immanence and the historical components of expression. Part 3 The theory of finite modes: modal essence - the passage from infinite to finite; modal existance; what can a body do?; the three orders and the problem of evil; the ethical vision of the world; common notions; toward the third kind of knowledge; Beatitude. Conclusion: the theory of experession in Leibniz and Spinoza - expressionaism in philosophy.
Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII, Vincennes/Saint Denis. He published 25 books, including five in collaboration with Fe lix Guattari.
"Deleuze has a penetrating grasp of Spinoza's thought. His study is a major contribution." * Library Journal *