Philosophy of the Encounter
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Philosophy of the Encounter : Later Writing, 1978-1987

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In the late 1970s and 1980s, Louis Althusser endured a period of intense mental instability during which he murdered his wife and was committed to a psychiatric hospital. Spanning this deeply troubling period, this fourth and final volume of political and philosophical writings reveals Althusser wrestling in a creative and unorthodox fashion with a whole series of theoretical problems to produce some of his very finest work. In his profound exploration of questions of determinism and contingency, Althusser developed a "philosophy of the encounter," which he links to a hidden and subterranean tradition in the history of Western thought which stretches from Epicurus through Spinoza and Machiavelli to Marx, Derrida and Heidegger.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.3 x 27.9mm | 294.84g
  • Verso Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 184467553X
  • 9781844675531
  • 319,085

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"Althusser traversed so many lives--so many personal, historical, philosophical and political adventures; marked, inflected, influenced so many discourses, actions and existences by the radiant and provocative force of his thought--that the most diverse and contradictory accounts could never exhaust their source." -- Jacques Derridashow more

About Louis Althusser

Louis Althusser taught political philosophy for many years at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and was a leading intellectual in the French Communist Party. Many major figures studied with him, including Derrida and Foucault, and his work marked a new beginning for post-war political philosophy. His books include Reading Capital (with Etienne Balibar), For Marx, Machiavelli and Us and The Humanist Controversy and Other Writings.show more

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