Louis Althusser and the Traditions of French Marxism

Louis Althusser and the Traditions of French Marxism

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In a careful exposition of French Marxism, William Lewis places Althusser and his thought alongside the pre- and post-war French communist intellectual climate: the result is an excellent and unique work. Part theoretical treatise on some of Althusser's more complicated and less explored ideas, part intellectual history, Louis Althusser and the Traditions of French Marxism is, in total, an important text for philosophy, French and francophone studies, political thought, cultural studies, marxist thought, and several other disciplines interested in the intellectual life and times of the twientieth century.
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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 147.3 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 408.24g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739109839
  • 9780739109830

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Why Marxism? Why French Marxism? Chapter 2 The PCF and French Intellectual Marxism: Paternity and Patterns Chapter 3 The PCF 1920-1945, Theoretical and Pedagogical Positions on Marx Chapter 4 French Intellectual Marxism, 1920-1939 Chapter 5 The Approaching Crisis: French Marxist Thought, 1940-1956 Chapter 6 The Purification of Theory Chapter 7 Theory for Practice
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This is a challenging and timely book which not only argues for the continuing fecundity of the thought of Althusser, but places it in a French Marxist tradition that has often been too hastily dismissed. Lewis's work is critical and concrete history of philosophy worthy of the object of study. -- Gavin Bowd, Lecturer in French, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
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About William Lewis

William Lewis is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Skidmore College.
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