I am continuing Spinoza’s exploration through another book.
It is “THINK LEAST OF DEATH” by Steven Nadler.
The text immediately enters Spinoza’s heart. With difficulty, I have to interrupt the reading to live.
As Deleuze says, Spinoza was a few authors to make a real ontology with his philosophy. I like his ontology, and I want to make it my love home.
For the first time, I see legitimizing the feeling of joy, as an expression of my power. I grew up hiding my successes instead of celebrating them for fear of seeing my classmate’s face or that of my colleagues in envy or jealousy. I don’t know how to handle negative emotions, and I was hiding to avoid the smallest negativity signs.
Spinoza offers me a space of thought to experience my emotions, expressing nature and power.
I was reading the concept of “Epistemic Injustice — Power and the Ethics of Knowing” by MIRANDA FRICKER and, leaping, it seems to me that I have experienced an epistemic injustice due to the culture and relative poverty of the working class of origin (in some form, is poverty an injustice?).
Reading Spinoza, I feel that above all I have experienced an epistemic injustice linked to the misconception of emotions and the predominance of the perspective of guilt, negativity, and melancholy that have been transmitted to me by my predominantly culture in the South of Italy.