PhiloFiction

Althusser and the “Problem” in Philosophy

6 Nov , 2019  

Deleuze’s philosophy of virtuality has simply put the non-creationist construction of problems, concepts and their relations before interpretation. Similarly, Althusser has formulated this in several passages of Das Kapital Lesen 1 when he writes that the production of a problem constellation and the concepts unfolding it is to be understood ...

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GenericScience

The Hooks Beneath the Bait / Entrapment and Escape in Althusser and Art

27 Nov , 2018  

Francois Matheron has suggested that the difficulty, if not the impossibility, of providing a comprehensive assessment to the work of Louis Althusser results from the ‘generalized uncertainty’ of an oeuvre constructed in the “dimension of catastrophe” and designed by its author to be “forever destroying itself”. This paper allows itself ...

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PhiloFiction

Laruelle, Art, and the Scientific Model

24 Nov , 2018  

I want to begin by briefly considering Francois Laruelle’s Non-philosophy project alongside the philosophy of Louis Althusser, in order that some of the consequences for an ‘aesthetics of the generic’ (or what for Laruelle would be a Non-aesthetics) might be made intelligible for artistic practice, and also because it will ...

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PhiloFiction

Althusser und das “Problem” in der Philosophie

17 Okt , 2018  

Deleuzes Virtualitätsphilosophie hat die nicht-kreationistische Konstruktion von Problemen, Begriffen und deren Relationen schlichtweg vor die Interpretation gesetzt.. Ähnlich hat dies Althusser in mehreren Passagen in der Schrift Das Kapital Lesen 1 formuliert, wenn er schreibt, dass die Produktion einer Problemkonstellation und der sie entfaltenden Begriffe als Effekt einer neuen Theorie ...

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Documentation

Marxism as a Finite Theory (1978)

19 Dez , 2017  

Introduction by Rossana Rossanda (1978)

In November 1977, at the Venice conference on Power and Opposition in Post-Revolutionary Societies, Louis Althusser asserted that there is no theory of the state in Marx. The following March, Il Manifesto proposed to Althusser to develop this assertion, which had remained suspended after ...

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Documentation, Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Ein Althusser-Lexikon

7 Mrz , 2017  

[Der folgende Text wurde ursprünglich anläßlich der italienischen Übersetzung der späten Schriften Louis Althussers über den „aleatorischen Materialismus“ verfaßt, die als Sul materialismo aleatorio, herausgegeben von V. Morfino und L. Pinzolo (Mailand: Unicopoli, 2000), veröffentlicht wurden. Strukturiert als ein „Lexikon“, enthält er eine große Anzahl längerer Zitate aus Althussers späten ...

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Documentation, NonPolitics, PhiloFiction

A Letter from Louis Althusser on Gramsci’s Thought

23 Aug , 2016  

A Letter on Gramsci’s Thought
Rinascita, 15 March 1968
Translated from Italian by Warren Montag
On December 1, 1967, Comrade Rino Dal Sasso published a response to a chapter from Louis Althusser’s Reading Capital that appeared in the journal Trimestre (Pescara). Althusser responded to Dal Sasso in a letter ...

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GenericScience

Althusserians Anonymous (the relapse)

28 Feb , 2016  

1. Old versus Young Marx

I am a recovering Althusserian. For decades now I have been Althusser-free, for the most part, but we all have our lapses. The first step to becoming a recovering Althusserian is to recognize that you have no control and are unconsciously always a little bit ...

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all, Lexicon

STIEGLER, “IDEOLOGY”, AND POST-STRUCTURALISM

25 Aug , 2015  

In his book PHARMACOLOGIE DU FRONT NATIONAL (2013) Bernard Stiegler poses an interesting question: Why did post-structuralism cease to make use of the concept of ideology? This is a good question, in that critical discussion of “ideology” did not entirely disappear, as Stiegler seems to think, but explicit use of ...

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