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Althusser deals with the complexity of the Marxian project with all the tools of the structuralist tool-box, arguing in favor of a synchronic analysis of the array of concepts. Marx however eventually did something wrong; in finding the immanence of Capital’s logic, he then swallowed his own poison pill.

Often the move was to use Marx’s internal logic and twist it around itself, so as to demonstrate the very realization they balibad to impart. Verso; Later Printing edition June 9, Language: Critique of Political Economy. Published February 17th by Verso first published Reading Capital by Louis Althusser.

Reading Capital by Louis Althusser

Many of its key claims, which were eye-brow raising inare generally accepted by interpreters of Marx today. This extremely influential text has aged poorly exactly because of how influential its been in Marxist discourse. 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 the levels’ relation to one another.

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As we shall see, a second question must rdading added to this one: In order to depose humanism as the cornerstone of pre-Marxist thought, Althusser describes what he terms a “structure in dominance” which roughly means that a capitalist society must not be seen as an interdependent totalizing entity composed of a smoothly integrated series of interlocking elements.


At present, 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 nalibar texts and who have begun to engage with the great mass of writings that remain in his archives. A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy. Cover of the French edition. Though this influence is not always explicit, Althusser’s work and that of his students continues to inform the research programs of literary studies, political philosophy, history, economics, and sociology.

But how can we establish the differential specificity of the object of Capital with any precision without a critical and epistemological reading which assigns the site where Marx separates himself theoretically from his predecessors, and determines the meaning of this break.

From one position of proletariat, you automatically create the position of bourgeois and so on The understated elegance of Althusser’s exposition contrasts with the impact that it registers upon even the most seasoned readers of Marx. 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.

In this tremendous work, Althusser and Etienne Balibar argues that Marx’s “Capital” marks the emergence of a new “science of history,” a new mode of knowledge that sprang out capitap the author’s encounters with his philosophical predecessors but which couldn’t be recognized as such precisely because the answer that it provides is directed towards a question not available in his empiricist philosophical antecedents.

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Capitalism is the mud. Althusser writes of a Marx who simultaneously foresaw and then overcame structuralist-based paradigms that touted humanism as a key component in centering the worker within the larger framework of the means of production. Oh, Balibar’s section is brilliant too, and of great import for sociology in particular. For Marx Radical Thinkers. 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.


He taught philosophy for many years at the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris, and was a leading intellectual in the French Communist Party.

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Would take a lifetime to truly understand this balibaf, and other scholars such as Slavoj Zizek and Antonio Negri, have made a career out of living in this space. Gregory rated it really liked it Dec 12, See and discover other items: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Rather than attempting to approach marx as a philosopher balibr to find the implicit philosophy of marxism – I find it more compelling to approach philosophy as a marxist – to seek the historical and political economic determinations of both philosophy and science.

Retrieved from ” https: But the formulae in which he gives us this distinction, this specific difference, are sometimes disconcerting, as we shall see. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Preview — Reading Capital by Louis Althusser. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. No trivia or alyhusser yet. A secondary purpose was to set out the parameters for a newly devised series reacing bases of knowledge that emphasized a deterministic view of the means of production.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Will probably pick it up again I own it after allbut sheesh – those Frenchies sure love to prognosticate in the realm of abstractions.

Our question therefore demands more than a mere literal reading, even an attentive one: Reading Capital Cover of the French edition.