First published in , Althusser, The Detour of Theory was widely received as the fullest account of its subject to date. Drawing on a wide range of hitherto. First published in , “Althusser, The Detour of Theory” was widely received as the fullest account of its subject to date. Drawing on a wide range of hitherto. Althusser: The Detour of Theory (review). Tom Lewis. Minnesota Review, Number 34/35, Spring/Fall (New Series), pp. (Review). Published by.
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Drawing on a wide range of hitherto untranslated material, it examined the political and intellectual contexts of Althusser s return to Marx in the mids; analysed the novel character of the Marxism developed in his major works; charted their auth First published inAlthusser, The Detour of Theory was widely received as the fullest account of its subject to date.
Drawing on a wide range of hitherto untranslated material, it examined the political and intellectual contexts of Althusser althusseer return to Marx in the mids; analysed the novel character of the Marxism developed in his major works; charted their author s subsequent evolution, from his self-criticism to the proclamation of a crisis of Marxism; and concluded with a balance-sheet of Althusser s contribution to historical materialism.
For this second edition, Gregory Elliott has added a substantial postscript in which he surveys the posthumous edition of the French philosopher s work published a,thusser the s, from the early writings of the s through to the late texts of the s, relating the unknown Althusser revealed by them to the familiar figure of For Marx and Reading Capitaltogether with a comprehensive bibliography of Althusser s oeuvre.
Althusser: The Detour of Theory by Gregory Elliott
Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Althusserplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 25, Matt rated it really liked it. Elliott writes that his goal in the book is “to explain, not excuse, Althusser.
It’s not only a clever mission statement, however; Elliott delivers in full, and this book is absolutely deserving of its reputation among Althusser scholars for whom The Detour of Theory is considered the definitive work on its subject. Elliott pulls n Elliott writes that his goal in the book is “to explain, not excuse, Althusser. Elliott pulls no punches when it comes to criticizing Althusser at every step. But nor does he make any bones about the lasting importance and critical brilliance of Althusser.
The book is also famous, of course, for its thorough bibliographies: The bibliographies alone are worth the price of admission, and make an invaluable reference for anyone interested in Althusser, his circle, French Marxism, etc. Althusser’s writing is, in my opinion, unnecessarily polemical, verbose, and rarely as aothusser as his presentation would suggest. Elliott is able to summarize, without losing much neither philosophical force nor consistency, For Marx and Reading Capital, along with placing them in their historical context.
Althusser: The Detour of Theory
Althusser’s project was mostly a failure, and each time he tried to get off the ground, he leaped into a glaring contradiction e. The only odd part is defour final chapter where Elliott spends ample time suggesting that Althusser was more successful than the previous 4 chapters suggest.
Basically his defense of Althusser felt a little forced… Elliott also spends ample detail explaining why Althusser was so averse to humanist readings of Marx; the ones I’m partial to.
Also, why Althusser wanted to purge Hegel from all things Marxism.
Again, in the end, Althusser’s overall project was a failure, but like Rawls, one can’t write a paper on Marxism or in Rawls’s case Liberalismwithout having to cite the territory erroneously covered by either thinker.
The only redeeming work from Althusser was his essay on Ideology, which still is as forceful today as it was then.
thdory Nonetheless, Althusser bent-the-stick too far away from Humanism, and in the end, gave Marxist humanist even more confidence in althuser antithetical project If you want to know who Althusser was, and what he thought, without undergoing the laborious research theroy that Thhe clearly undertook, read Elliott.
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