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The Humanist Controversy and Other Texts Hardcover – August 17, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185984507X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859845073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,503,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Louis Althusser was born in Algeria in 1918 and died in France in 1990. He taught philosophy for many years at the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris, and was a leading intellectual in the French Communist Party. His books include For Marx; Reading Capital (with Etienne Balibar); Essays in Ideology; Politics and History: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Marx; Machiavelli and Us; and The Spectre of Hegel.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steiner VINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This collection of largely unread work marks the 'classic' phase of Althusser's intellectual output, the period of the middle 60's. There are some fascinating essays here which have apparently escaped the notice of much of the mainstream commentary regarding his work. His critique of Levi-Strauss in particular is a major attempt to distance himself from structuralist theory. Additionally, 'The Historical Task of Marxist Philosophy' is a major attempt to outline the scientificity of historical materialism and to provide the theoretical details that his 'Lenin and Philosophy' often lacked. However, 'The Humanist Controversy' for me provides no radically new ideas from the work in 'For Marx.'
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