Althusser and the End of Leninism?
Louis Althusser was not only a key intellectual for the French Left in the 1960s and 70s, his influence and reputation extended beyond the boundaries of his own country and have left a lasting mark. In the current climate of collapse of Marxist ideas, Althusser has paradoxically become a cuase celebre once again. Not, however, because of the perceived value of his ideas, but because of his own and others' revelations of his psychological problems. This book offers a re-evaluation of the significance of key aspects of Louis Althusser's thought: his overt espousal of Leninism during the two decades up the the end of the 1970s. Althusser attempted to rehabilitate Lenin as an academically respectable philosopher, rather than as a politician. His neglect of Lenin's contribution to political theory is also assessed and an assessment of Althusser's shift away from Leninism at the end of the seventies concludes the study.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 149.86 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
- 19 May 1995
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
About Margaret Majumdar
Margaret Majumdar is a lecturer in French Political Thought at the University of Westminster and is a member of the Maghreb Research Group. She edits the Bulletin of Francophone Africa and has contributed to a number of publications including the Journal of Communist Studies and the History of European Ideas.
Table of contents
Althusser and the politics of French Communism; Althusser, Bachelard and the development of ideas; the question of theory; knowledge and ideology; the theory of revolution; the end of Leninism?