Althusser and the End of Leninism?

Althusser and the End of Leninism?

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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.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745308880
  • 9780745308883

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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?show more

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.show more

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