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To get a tentative grasp on Althusser, I would suggest that you read, as preliminary preparation, the bwlibar of For Marx, especially his discussions on overdetermined contradiction and the Marxist dialectic.

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capita It is so rigorous, so precise and so keen that one is often astonished by the attention devoted to seemingly trivial minutiae. More importantly, he tried to develop a consummately materialist dialectic, one that would require unsparing scientific effort and analysis on the part of militant intellectuals.

Althusser sometimes referred to this conception of society as a “topography”- suggesting a layering of complex levels, like shifting tectonic plates, independently following their own laws, yet in doing so collectively shaping a world to which they all belong and which, even if that world is pre-supposed by the levels that form it, shapes altjusser levels’ relation to one another.

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Would take a lifetime to truly understand this text, and other scholars such as Slavoj Zizek and Antonio Negri, have made a career out of living in this space. There was a problem filtering reviews right feading.


If the object of Capital is History, what is this History, what place does Economics have in History, etc.? Their explanations would have been helped if they had sought to differentiate what they wanted to say from how they were saying it. Paperbackpages. Badiou’s typology of situations, which attempts to break with every sort of naturalism and metaphysics altogether even the Spinozist vitalism of Deleuzewould be altogether unthinkable without Althusser’s retrieval of Mao and Lenin.

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Neither Althusser nor Balibar really pursue why this happen or captial it means, they only mean to show the self necessity of Marx’s Capital in its failure to utilize its techno-rationality beyond its self-wrapping envelope.

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So if you read it, be warned that you must read closely and carefully, keeping in mind altusser Marx says and what these authors want to show you about how Marx says what he says and why he says it.

His momentary relapse into idealism was simply the all-too-human response of working with a knowledge affect that noone, including Marx himself, fully understood yet.

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Views Read Edit View history. Althusser’s greatest contribution to Marxism, I think was his concerted, unflinching effort to purge it of every trace of idealism and historicism. At alrhusser, Althusser’s philosophy as a whole is undergoing a critical reevaluation by scholars who have benefited from the anthologization of hard-to-find and previously unpublished texts and who have begun to engage with the great mass of writings that remain in his archives.

In fact, this text is so much harder Blaibar had to put it down after only about pages in. Yet these subtleties make all the difference when reading Marx, and Althusser makes one feel like a bit of an idiot for being so careless in one’s reading habits.

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Althusser’s reading of Capital is a theoretical exegesis of the act of reading a body of work itself. But if he did formulate the concept of his object without ambiguity, Marx did not always define with the same precision the concept of its distinction, i.

Due to apparent reversals in his theoretical positions, to the ill-fated facts of Louis Pierre Althusser — was one of reacing most influential Marxist philosophers of the 20th Century.