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A landmark of French thought, and an intellectual revolution against dominant interpretations of Marx.Reading Capital is an attempt to topple the entire edifice of Western Marxism, and rebuild it from the original foundations. Establishing a rigorous program of â€˜symptomatic readingâ€™ that cuts through the silences and lacunae of Capital to reveal its philosophical core, Louis Althusser interprets Marxâ€™s structural analysis of production as a revolutionary breakâ€”the basis of a completely new science. Building on a series of Althussersâ€™ conceptual innovations, including â€˜'overdeterminationâ€™ and â€˜social formation,â€™ Ã‰tienne Balibar explores the historical and structural facets of production as Marx understood them, scrutinizing many of the most fundamental points in Capital, as though for the first time.
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Louis Althusser was born in Algeria in 1918 and died in France in 1990. He taught philosophy for many years at the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris, and was a leading intellectual in the French Communist Party. His books include For Marx; Reading Capital (with Etienne Balibar); Essays in Ideology; Politics and History: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Marx; Machiavelli and Us; and The Spectre of Hegel.
Étienne Balibar is a French Marxist philosopher and the most celebrated student of Louis Althusser. He is also one of the leading exponents of French Marxist philosophy and the author of Spinoza and Politics, The Philosophy of Marx and co-author of Race, Nation and Class and Reading Capital.
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Book Description Pantheon Books, 1971. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0394472004
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0394472004