On The Reproduction Of Capitalism : Ideology And Ideological State Apparatuses
What is perhaps Louis Althusser's most famous text, "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses," published in 1970 and very influential ever since, was an extract of a much longer book published in French years after his death. Published now for the first time in English, On the Reproduction of Capitalism develops systematically Althusser's conception of historical materialism, outlining the conditions of reproduction in capitalist society and the revolutionary struggle for its overthrow. Written in the afterglow of May 1968, the text addresses a question that continues to haunt us today: in a society that proclaims its attachment to the ideals of liberty and equality, why do we witness the ever-renewed reproduction of relations of domination? Both an activist and a conceptually innovatory text, On the Reproduction of Capitalism is an essential addition to the corpus of the twentieth-century Left.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 156 x 236 x 23mm | 572g
- 05 Mar 2014
- Verso Books
- London, United Kingdom
"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
About Louis Althusser
LOUIS ALTHUSSER was born in Algeria in 1918 and died in France in 1990. He taught philosophy for many years at the E cole Normale Supe rieure in Paris, and was a leading intellectual in the French Communist Party. His books include For Marx, Reading Capital (with E tienne Balibar), On Ideology, Politics and History: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Marx, Machiavelli and Us and The Spectre of Hegel.