Philosophy of the Encounter: Later Writings, 1978-1987
ISBN/ASIN: 184467553X,9781844675531 | 2006 | English | pdf | 350/352 pages | 10.9 Mb
Publisher: Verso | Author: Louis Althusser, Oliver Corpet, Francois Matheron, G. M. Goshgarian | Edition: 1
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.