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Philosophy and the Spontaneous Philosophy of the Scientists (Radical Thinkers) [Paperback]

Louis Althusser

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6 Feb 2012 Radical Thinkers
Collected here are Althusser's most significant philosophical writings from 1965 to 1978. Intended to contribute, in his own words, to a """"left-wing critique of Stalinism that would help put some substance back into the revolutionary project here in the West,"""" they are the record of a shared history. At the same time they chart Althusser's critique of the theoretical system unveiled in his own major works, and his developing practice of philosophy as a """"revolutionary weapon."""" Attesting to the unique place which Althusser has occupied in modern intellectual history-between a tradition of Marxism which he sought to reconstruct, and a """"post-Marxism"""" which has eclipsed its predecessor-these texts are indispensable reading.

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Praise for Louis Althusser: "One reads him with excitement. There is no mystery about his capacity to inspire the intelligent young." Eric Hobsbawm "Louis Althusser influenced so many discourses, actions and existences by the radiant and provocative force of his thought." Jacques Derrida

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find, but worth it 5 Dec 2000
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Considering the obscurity of this work, those who have found this review probably already know what they are looking for. I would add that it is worth the hunt.

The titular essay is the real reason to find this volume -- for the serious student of Althusser and Marxism in general, it is invaluable as a clarification of the pivotal term "science" as related to "ideology" and "philosophy" (to say nothing of "Theory"). Nowhere else in Althusser's work do we find a detailed discussion of science, though his most famous writing (i.e. the essay on Ideology and ISAs) relies heavily on the work done here to develop the concept.

For anyone who has come far enough to find this review, this is a must-have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In addition to the previous reviewer... 24 Feb 2005
By Clandestino - Published on Amazon.com
...I would only add that Althusser's lectures here shed light on his understanding and use of Lenin in the more readily available essays "Lenin and Philosophy" and "Lenin Before Hegel," and, accordingly, on Althusser's view of philosophy vis-à-vis science and ideology. Althusser closes with an incisive analysis of Jacques Monod's inaugural lecture at the Collège de France. It is a pleasure to see some concrete analysis after so much theory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely surprise! 1 Feb 2010
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Getting hold of older publications can be problematic and I was very relieved to find not only a good price, but a copy in a very good condition. It also arrived within the time estimate given.

It would be helpful to know how one can get hold of a publication that is out of print.
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