Althusser and Marxist Theory Today

Socialism 2016

July 01, 2016
With Tom Lewis

The work of French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser is undergoing a revival of interest today. This session explains core ideas in Althusser's later writings--including the "aleatory" (meaning "chance" and "contingency"), the "conjuncture," and the "philosophy of the encounter." These notions--as well as aspects of the "postmodern materialism" which they permeate--are then evaluated from the standpoint of revolutionary politics.

Katja Diefenbach et al., eds, Encountering Althusser: Politics and Materialism in Contemporary Radical Thought (Bloomsbury, 2013).

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