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Machiavelli and Us (Radical Thinkers Classic Editions) [Paperback]

Louis Althusser

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10 Jan 2011 Radical Thinkers Classic Editions
"We do not publish our own drafts, that is, our own mistakes, but we do sometimes publish other people's," Louis Althusser once observed of Marx's early writings. Among his own posthumously released drafts, one, at least, is incontestably neither mistake nor out-take: the text of his lecture course on Machiavelli, originally delivered at the ecole Normale Superieure in 1972, intermittently revised up to the mid-1980s, and carefully prepared for publication after his death in 1990. Though only appearing as an occasional reference in the Marxist philosopher's oeuvre, Machiavelli was an unseen constant presence. For together with Spinoza and Marx, Machiavelli was a veritable Althusserian passion. Machiavelli and Us reveals why, and will be welcomed for the light it sheds on the richly complex thought of its author.

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Althusser, poised between modernism and postmodernism, meets Machiavelli, poised between the Middle Ages and modernity. --Antonio Negri

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Louis Althusser was born in Algeria in 1918 and died in France in 1990. He taught philosophy for many years at the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris, and was a leading intellectual in the French Communist Party. His books include "For Marx"; "Reading Capital" (with Etienne Balibar); "Essays in Ideology"; "Politics and History: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Marx"; "Machiavelli and Us"; and "The Spectre of Hegel."
Gregory Elliott is a member of the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy and author of "Althusser: The Detour of Theory" and "Labourism and the English Genius: The Strange Decay of Labour England?."

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5.0 out of 5 stars virtues of "Machiavelli and Us" 17 July 2001
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I think that ¡°Machiavelli & Us¡± displays three kinds of virtues (not virtu in the book). The first, it¡¯s an answer about arguments and complaints that existing works of Louis Althusser¡¯s have not sufficiently reflected the emphasis Althusser himself put in his lectures. The second, this book suggests that transition of Marxism is not in search of alternative philosophical materialism, but in political practice with and in the working masses, refuting the Bolshevik implicitness of Gopal Balakrishnan, Greogory Elliot. The three, though we've not have close analysis and study of this book yet, it is certain that except early works as like ¡°For Marx¡±; ¡°Reading Capital¡± he had not given a full page of his work to like this coherent matter, putting this book in an interesting position. And most of all we can see this book reflecting political, philosophical change or transition of him is passing through familiar or unfamiliar words, themes, and thesis. All of these kinds of virtues invite a dead warrior to make us practice, and struggle.
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