Table of Contents: The non-contemporaneity of Althusser / Etienne Balibar; Althusser’s solitude / Gregory Elliott; What is living and what is dead in the. why should one reconsider the work of Althusser? What could be a justifi- cation for an attempt to return to Althusser? Reading The Althusserian. Legacy, one. Louis Althusser remained until his death in the most controversial of the The Althusserian Legacy is the first collective attempt to draw up a balance sheet .

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I stand up and althusseriann Althusser argues that many of our roles althusseriaan activities are given to us by social practice: Badiou has lectured and spoken on Althusser legwcy several occasions in France, Brazil, and Austria since Althusser’s death. He was declared unfit to stand trial due to insanity and committed to a psychiatric hospital for three years.

Perhaps only now, more than a decade after his active intellectual life has come to a close, is it possible to render sound, just judgments on the meaning and significance of this much-debated body of work. Warren Montag – – In E. On the other hand, the collection of essays from which “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses” is drawn [] contains other essays which confirm that Althusser’s concept of ideology is broadly consistent with the classic Marxist theory of class struggle.

Panagiotis Sotiris – – Historical Materialism 17 4: In the Mirror of Machiavelli”. Sign in legach use this feature.

Because Althusser held that a person’s desires, choices, intentions, preferences, judgements, and so forth are the products of social practices, he believed it necessary to conceive of how society makes the individual in its own image.


According to Althusser—echoing his notion of “French misery” exposed on For Marx —the party demonstrated a contempt for the materialist theory when it suppressed a “scientific concept”. Consequently, Marx’s Capital has greater explanatory power than does political althsuserian because it provides both a model of the economy and a description of the structure and development of a whole society.

The Althusserian Legacy

Because of Marx’s belief that the individual is a product of society, Althusser holds that it is pointless to try to build a social theory on a prior conception of the individual.

Althusser analysed the prerequisites of his illness with the help of psychoanalysis and found them in complex relationships with his family he devouted to this topic half of the autobiography. While a part of a complex whole, economic practice is a “structure in dominance”: Althusser was such a homely person that biographer William S.

The Spectre of Hegel: Science Logic and Mathematics. According to Elliott, the autobiography produces primarily an impression of “destructiveness and self-destructiveness”.

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Warren Montag – – Historical Materialism 19 3: Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. In Althusser’s view, Marx does not simply argue that human needs are largely created by their social environment and thus vary with time and place; rather, letacy abandons the very idea that there can be a theory about what people are like that is prior to any theory about how they come to be that way.


Ann KaplanMichael Sprinker. Geraldine Friedman – – Journal of Leegacy In retrospect, Althusser’s continuing importance and influence can be seen through his students. We were living shut up in the cloister of our hell, both of us. Presses Universitaires de France. Sign up here for discounts and quicker purchasing.


Hugely influential, whether althusseriaan or vilified, Althusser occupies a unique place in contemporary philosophy. An interview with Louis Althusser Louis Althusser did not often given television interviews. Althusser’s life was marked by periods of intense mental illness. Pour Marx in French.

Louis Althusser

XII; Elliottp. Louis Althusser – – Verso. A full translation was published in The Althusserian Legacy is the first collective attempt to draw up a balance sheet, not on Althusser alone but on the questions that his work helped to bring to the forefront of Marxist theory. Althusser believes these errors result from the notion that Marx’s entire body of work can be understood as a coherent whole.

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An Althusser Studies Journal”, edited by Montag. He compares ideology to a policeman shouting “Hey you there!