The Spectre of Hegel

The Spectre of Hegel

Early Writings

Book - 2014
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This collection of texts from the period 1945-1953 turns these interpretations of Althusser on their heads: we discover that there was a 'young Althusser' as well as the 'mature Althusser' we are already familiar with. In his fascinating Master's thesis, 'On Content in the Thought of G.W.F. Hegel' (1947), Althusser developed a position which he was later to attack ferociously: namely, that the revolutionary potential of the Hegelian dialectic could be defended against Hegel's own political conservatism. We see Althusser still wrestling with the spectres of Hegel and of Catholicism in another long text, his letter to Jean Lacroix, and, finally, we see his own 'epistemological break' in the piece 'On Marxism' from 1953.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Louis Althusser enjoyed virtually unrivalled status as the foremost living Marxist philosopher. Today, he is remembered as the scourge and severest critic of 'humanist' or Hegelian Marxism, as the proponent of rigorously scientific socialism, and as the theorist who posited a sharp rupture - an epistemological break - between the early and the late Marx.
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2014
ISBN: 9781781681510
1781681511
Call Number: 193 H36za 2014
Characteristics: xxx, 321 p. ; 20 cm

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