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Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays Paperback – November 13, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1583670392 ISBN-10: 1583670394

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press (November 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583670394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583670392
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

Louis Althusser (1918-1990) took his degree in philosophy in the Ecole Normale Supérieure and later became Secrétaire of the school. He is the author of several books including The Future Lasts Forever, Montesquieu, le Politique et l'Historie, For Marx, and Reading Capital.


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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By "susannefae" on April 29, 2002
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This is an excellent text if you are interested in having your reality turned on its head. I have used this reference in almost every paper I have written since beginning my path down the winding road of critical theory. I recommend it to anyone who thinks about why we think the way we do, anyone interested in hegemony, and anyone who thinks something is wrong with our world but s/he feels s/he just can't put a finger on what it is. This is a foundational text for anyone studying literary theory or philosophy. It contains the famous I.S.A. essay, a must read for anyone who functions metacognitively!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steiner VINE VOICE on September 24, 2009
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Althusser is often undervalued in the French academy these days, but this contemporary disdain for the late Marxist is unwarranted, for he will prove to be one of the significant political minds of the latter half of the 20th century. This collection of essays addresses a number of issues inherent in the philosophical system and development of Marxist thought. Althusser's anti-humanist reading of Marx is useful in his repudiation of easy humanist exhortations about the essence of man, or the early Marx's 'species being.' Lenin and Philosophy attempts to reassert the significance of Lenin as a thinker of historical materialism. Althusser's structuralist account of the development of historical materialism seeks to demarcate philosophy as praxis-philosophy draws the lines which are to deflect false ideas. The essay on the Ideological State Apparatus is where Althusser develops his famous notion of 'interpellation,' or 'hailing'. The application of psychoanalytic discourse resolves a number of problems regarding Marx's work on 'false consciousness.' The essays on art (particularly Cremonini), are also provocative, though immensely difficult.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Smallridge on December 26, 2011
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I'm not sure there are many essays on Western philosophy as a solid as the ones in this collection by Althusser. This is a great collection, well-translated and complete. In particular, I found the article "Ideology and Ideological Apparatuses" to be memorable and well-reasoned. I'm better for having read it.
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