Althusser: A Critical Reader (Blackwell Critical Readers) by Gregory Elliott

By Gregory Elliott

Louis Althusser used to be most likely some of the most advanced - and the main debatable - of the "maitres de penser" to emerge from the turbulent Parisian highbrow scene of the Sixties. in the course of an extended profession, Althusser accomplished large popularity, notoriety and, eventually, effacement. but his paintings continues to be a huge aspect in modern philosophy and cultural critique. This quantity, timed to coincide with the English-language e-book of Althusser's autobiography, "The destiny Lasts a protracted Time", assesses the significance and impact of "Althusserianism", either relating to, and past, the controversies of his political profession and the occasions of his own biography. one of many critical goals of the publication is to situate Althusser and his texts in the wider histories and cultures to which they belong, drawing on participants from a variety of backgrounds and geographical destinations. therefore E.J. Hobsbawm contextualizes Althusser's Marxism; Pierre Villar assesses Althusserian historiography; Paul Ricoeur probes Althusser's concept of ideology; Axel Honneth articulates his relation to the relevant rival colleges of Marxism within the Sixties and Seventies; Peter Dews examines his family to the structuralist college; David Macey casts a sceptical eye over his alliance with Lacan; Francis Mulhern explores the range of Anglophone "Althusserianism"; and Gregory Elliott responds to Althusser's research of his personal case background. The booklet concludes with a bibliography of Althusser's research of his personal case historical past.

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