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Althusser: The Detour of Theory (Historical Materialism Book Series) [Hardcover]

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First published in 1987, Althusser, The Detour of Theory was widely received as the fullest account of its subject to date. Drawing on a wide range of hitherto untranslated material, it examined the political and intellectual contexts of Althusser's `return to Marx' in the mid-1960s; analysed the novel character of the Marxism developed in his major works; charted their author's subsequent evolution, from his self-criticism to the proclamation of a `crisis of Marxism'; and concluded with a balance-sheet of Althusser's contribution to historical materialism.

For this second edition, Gregory Elliott has added a substantial postscript in which he surveys the posthumous edition of the French philosopher's work published in the 1990s, from the early writings of the 1940s through to the late texts of the 1980s, relating the unknown Althusser revealed by them to the familiar figure of For Marx and Reading Capital, together with a comprehensive bibliography of Althusser's oeuvre.

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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   410
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   2.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2006
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004153373  
ISBN13  9789004153370  

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A Seminar on Althusser  Dec 29, 2003
I turned to Elliott's study of Althusser on the recommendation at the introduction of Althusser's autobiography, 'The Future Lasts Forever': "The fullest account of Althusser's work in English is by Gregory Elliott..." I was not disappointed. Elliott's book serves as a written seminar on Althusser, delineating his influences (among them Spinoza, Marx, and Bachelard) and scouring the theoretical landscape during Althusser's career. Elliott is even-handed in his treatment of the French philosopher. Anti-anti-Althusserian was Elliott's goal, and he achieves this by addressing both the weaknesses and strengths of Althusser's approach to Marx, and the Frenchmen's reaction to humanism, economism, and the political context of communism, specifically in France and the USSR, from after the war until Althusser's influence waned in the late 1970's. Indeed, Elliott's background on re-orientation toward Hegel by Western Marxists and a cogent philosophical history of the CPF and CPSU was alone worthy of the read. But another reason to pick up this book is that it provides sufficient background to Althusser's approach. If you can endure - and enjoy - the occasionally thick sentence construction or such foreign phrases as the French 'plus royaliste que le roi' or Latin 'primus inter pares', this book is a solid starting point for a review of or launch into Althusser's work.

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