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The Death of the Subject Explained Paperback – 2 Aug 2006
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23 November 2017
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Really good book, fantastic antidote for someone who studied Film & TV in the late 80s and had to wade thru the orthodoxy of post structuralism and the value placed on Althusser's mechanical marxism.What an absolute sh*t* Althusser is revealed to be, a gutless academic marxist who murdered his own subjectivity as part of throttling his accusing wife, an intelligent, moral voice and class aware woman . Telling irony that the death of the subject is bound up with the cynicism of French Communists toe-ing the Stalinist party line which evacuated the working class from history. Fascinating also to learn that the French deconstructionists were all Algerian French, who saw close up the unprincipled hypocrisy of French colonial use of 'rights of man' and its application in the subjugation of native Algerians. Together with all this history is a lucid account of the way Hegel's dialectic of master-slave was reduced to a binary opposition in the thinking of Sartre, losing the dynamism and fluidity and its possibility of negating both positions in a higher resolution.