Louis Althusser





Louis Althusser


Born
in Birmendreïs, Algeria
October 16, 1918

Died
October 22, 1990

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Louis Pierre Althusser (1918–1990) was one of the most influential Marxist philosophers of the 20th Century. As they seemed to offer a renewal of Marxist thought as well as to render Marxism philosophically respectable, the claims he advanced in the 1960s about Marxist philosophy were discussed and debated worldwide. Due to apparent reversals in his theoretical positions, to the ill-fated facts of his life, and to the historical fortunes of Marxism in the late twentieth century, this intense interest in Althusser's reading of Marx did not survive the 1970s. Despite the comparative indifference shown to his work as a whole after these events, the theory of ideology Althusser developed within it has been broadly deployed in the social science ...more

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“In the battle that is philosophy all the techniques of war, including looting and camouflage, are permissible.”
Louis Althusser, Philosophy and the Spontaneous Philosophy of the Scientists: And Other Essays

“Philosophy is, in the last instance, class struggle in the field of theory.”
Louis Althusser, Essays in Self-Criticism

“One of the goals of philosophy is wage theoretical battle. That is why we can say that every thesis is always, by its very nature, an antithesis. A thesis is only ever put forward in opposition to another thesis, or in defence of a new one.”
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