Hey friends, as I've been wrapping up the book editing this week and looking at some personal library additions, I found this statement from Spinoza: Practical Philosophy by Gilles Deleuze on reading Spinoza (and for that matter Deleuze) as a literary challenge we need not be overwhelmed by. Robert Hurley, translator, writes in the preface,
"The fact is Spinoza is difficult. But the situation is helped by the author’s word to the wise: one doesn’t have to follow every proposition, make every connection—the intuitive or affective reading may be more practical anyway. What if one accepted the invitation—come as you are—and read with a different attitude, which might be more like the way one attends to poetry? Then difficulty would not prevent the flashes of understanding that we anticipate in the poets we love, difficult though they may be.”
I think Gebser would approve of such a sympathetic, and poetic attitude towards his work. Arguably one cannot truly “grok” a book unless they lean into it in such a poetic manner, hence the “practical” quality of such an approach. Onwards to intuitive readings.