Philosophy of the encounter : later writings, 1978-87


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Philosophy of the encounter : later writings, 1978-87

Louis Althusser ; edited by François Matheron and Oliver Corpet ; translated with an introduction by G.M. Goshgarian

Verso, 2006

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  • : pbk

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Sur la philosophie

Écrits philosophiques et politiques

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"The material in this collection was first published in Sur la philosophie, cGallimard, 1993, and Écrits philosophiques et politiques, vol. 1, ed., François Matheron, cStock/Imec, 1994."--T.p. verso

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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.

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    l, 299 p.
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