Philosophy of the Encounter: Later Writings, 1978-1987

Philosophy of the Encounter: Later Writings, 1978-1987

Louis Althusser



From Althusser's such a lot prolific interval, this booklet is destined to turn into a classic.

In the overdue Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, Louis Althusser persevered a interval of extreme psychological instability within which he murdered his spouse and was once devoted to a psychiatric health center. Spanning this deeply troubling interval, this fourth and ultimate quantity of political and philosophical writings unearths Althusser wrestling in an artistic and unorthodox type with a complete sequence of theoretical difficulties to supply a few of his very best paintings. In his profound exploration of questions of determinism and contingency, Althusser built a "philosophy of the encounter," which he hyperlinks to a hidden and subterranean culture within the historical past of Western inspiration which stretches from Epicurus via Spinoza and Machiavelli to Marx, Derrida and Heidegger.

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