- Paperback: 271 pages
- Publisher: Verso Books; New edition edition (24 Sept. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1859841465
- ISBN-13: 978-1859841464
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,241,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
For Marx (Verso Classics) Paperback – 24 Sep 1996
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"One reads him with excitement. There is no mystery about his capacity to inspire the intelligent young."--Eric Hobsbawm"Louis Althusser traversed so many lives ... so many personal, historical, philosophical and political adventures; marked, inflected, influenced so many discourses, actions and existences by the radiant and provocative force of his thought ... that the most diverse and contradictory accounts could never exhaust their source."--Jacques Derrida
About the Author
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."
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Top Customer Reviews
The success of Althusser's bid to revive Marx by, so to speak, setting up an antithesis to the prevalent view of Marxism can be seen in the influence which he has exerted over a number of (post)modern marxists critics, notably Fredric Jameson. Indeed I believe that there exists a high degree of applicability of such Althusserian concepts as "overdetermination" and "ídeology/science" to the postmodern ideological praxis.
On the negative side, I must admit that Althusser's interpretations and methods often seem artificial and somehow constructed ad hoc, and his anti-humanism also seems excessive.
Nonetheless, this does not detract from my general impression of "For Marx" as an interesting and relevant work that has not deserved the neglect which it has endured since the seventies. In sum, I am for Althusser.
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A very different way of seeing Marx. Interresting, but not a book to start with if you have read nothing else regarding Marx or Marxism. Delivered quickly and in perfect order.Published on 10 Jun. 2011 by BigMan
I've given this work three stars but this is an inadequate means of assessing the value of this book to the Marxist discourse. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2005 by I. McLarnon
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