The Althusserian Legacy

Louis Althusser remained until eventually his demise in 1990 the main debatable of the “master thinkers” who emerged from the turbulent Parisian highbrow scene of the Sixties. The booklet of his bestselling posthumous “autobiography”, L’avenir dure longtemps, has now refueled a few of these controversies. highly influential, no matter if lauded or vilified, Althusser occupies a distinct position in modern philosophy. what's sure is that Althusserian issues and motifs proceed to represent a necessary area in materialist thought.

The Althusserian Legacy is the 1st collective try and draw up a stability sheet, no longer on Althusser by myself yet at the questions that his paintings helped to carry to the vanguard of Marxist concept. the amount brings jointly paintings in heritage, philosophy, economics, sociology, and literary feedback, it all derived from or considerably inflected through Althusser. Taken jointly, the essays investigate soberly, seriously, yet consistently generously, the complete volume of his legacy.

The quantity includes a long interview with Jacques Derrida, a long-time pal and colleague of Althusser on the Ecole Normale in Paris, and concludes with obituaries by way of Derrida and Gregory Elliott. possibly merely now, greater than a decade after his energetic highbrow existence has come to a detailed, is it attainable to render sound, simply judgments at the which means and value of this much-debated physique of labor. The Althusserian Legacy is a wealthy starting to that very important activity.

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