Louis Althusser, Etienne Balibar, Roger Establet, Jacques's Reading Capital PDF

By Louis Althusser, Etienne Balibar, Roger Establet, Jacques Ranciere, Pierre Macherey

A landmark of French idea, and an highbrow revolution opposed to dominant interpretations of Marx.Reading Capital is an try to topple the complete edifice of Western Marxism, and rebuild it from the unique foundations. developing a rigorous software of ‘symptomatic examining’ that cuts throughout the silences and lacunae of Capital to bare its philosophical middle, Louis Althusser translates Marx’s structural research of construction as a progressive break—the foundation of a very new technological know-how. development on a chain of Althussers’ conceptual thoughts, together with ‘'overdetermination’ and ‘social formation,’ ?tienne Balibar explores the ancient and structural points of creation as Marx understood them, scrutinizing some of the such a lot basic issues in Capital, as if for the 1st time.

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Proof by repetition for hundreds or thousands of years of the social practice of humanity (that night in which all the practices are grey)! So what! , all the established 'obviousnesses' of ideology, from the most to the least respectable! Not to speak of the trap laid jointly by idealism and pragmatism in the complicity of their action (which obeys the same rules ). By what right do you tell us that practice is right? says idealism to pragmatism. Your right is no more than a disguised fact, answers pragmatism.

40. -- DJR] in the Works of the Break (The Theses on Feuerbach, The German Ideology ) speak of the concrete, the real, of 'real' concrete men, etc. But the Works of the Break themselves are still trapped in the ambiguity of a negation which still clings to the universe of the concepts it rejects, without having succeeded in adequately formulating the new and positive concepts it brings with it (cf. For Marx, pp. 36-7). page 40 extraordinarily rich critical path: I shall leave these effects to the play on words which produced them, and their refutation to the growing vigilance of our time.

We have not gone on to see whence Marx took this method of analysis which he presents as if it were pre-existent -- we have not posed the question as to whether Marx, far from borrowing it, did not himself invent this method of analysis which he thought he was merely applying, as he really did invent the dialectic which he tells us he took from Hegel, in certain well-known passages which are too often re-hashed by hurried interpreters. And if this analysis and this dialectic are simply, as we believe, one and the same thing, it is not a sufficient explanation of their original production to stress that it was only possible at the cost of a rupture with Hegel; we must also exhibit the positive conditions for this production, the possible positive models which, reflecting themselves in the personal theoretical conjuncture to which Marx's history page 51 had led him, produced this dialectic in his thought.

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