Althusser: The Detour of Theory

Gregory Elliott (Author)
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First published in 1987, Althusser, 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's 'return to Marx' in the mid-1960s; 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 in the 1990s, from the early writings of the 1940s through to the late texts of the 1980s, relating the unknown Althusser revealed by them to the familiar figure of For Marx and Reading Capital, together with a comprehensive bibliography of Althusser's oeuvre.

Gregory Elliott was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he completed his D.Phil. on Louis Althusser in 1985. An independent translator and writer, his books include Perry Anderson: The Merciless Laboratory of History (1998). His most recent translation is Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello's The New Spirit of Capitalism(2006)..

Product Details

Price
$28.00
Publisher
Haymarket Books
Publish Date
September 01, 2009
Pages
410
Dimensions
5.9 X 1.0 X 9.0 inches | 1.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781608460274

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About the Author

Gregory Elliott is a Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University. His books include Hobsbawm: History and Politics (Pluto, 2010), Ends in Sight (Pluto, 2008), Perry Anderson: The Merciless Laboratory of History (1998) and Althusser: The Detour of Theory (2006).