In Althusser the need for a concept of overdetermination appears in Marxism at the point where the ideology of simple and general contradictions is undermined . At present, Althusser’s philosophy as a whole is undergoing a contradiction, uneven development, and overdetermination is that of the. Richard L. LITS / LITS Notes 03A 1 LOUIS ALTHUSSER “ CONTRADICTION AND OVERDETERMINATION” () In what is his f.

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They derive from the relations of production, which are, of course, one of the terms of the contradiction, but at the same time its conditions of existence ; from the superstructures, instances which derive from it, but have their own consistency altusser effectivity from the international conjuncture itself, which intervenes as a determination with a specific role to play.

Raised in an observant family, Althusser was particularly influenced by professors of a distinctly Catholic tendency.

This makes overdetermination mysterious. In addition to Marx, the philosophers that he cites as being part of this underground tradition include Democritus, Epicurus, Lucretius, Machiavelli, Spinoza, Hobbes, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein. That the concepts Althusser derived from his althueser reading of Marx, Lenin, and Mao were Marxist concepts was avowed. Leaving aside the theoretical solution Engels proposes for the problem of the relation between determination in the last instance — the economic — and those determinations imposed by the superstructures — national traditions and international events — it is sufficient to retain from him what should be called the accumulation of effective determinations deriving from the superstructures and from special national and international circumstances on the determination in the last instance by the economic.

Inthe fruit of one of these seminars was published as Reading Capital. Goshgarian in Philosophy of the Encounter: It would have surprised no one if Althusser had continued to influence French political and philosophical life subtly, through the students that he mentored, through his scholarship on the history of political philosophy, through the colloquia among philosophers, scientists, and historians that he organized, and through his routine work as a Party member.


Lenin gave this metaphor above all contradictioh practical meaning. At the time the two met, she was also embroiled in a dispute with the Party over her role in the resistance during World War II.

The first category includes those essays, mostly written between andwhere Althusser explores possible rapports between Christianity and Marxism.

Rather, the conyradiction it produces are contingent and are offered in opposition to other competing truths. Hamza, Agon,Louis AlthusserKosovo: This Marxism has no system of interrelated concepts that guarantee a scientific analysis.

Beneath the abstract forms of the political philosophy of the eighteenth century and the more concrete forms of its political economy, we discover, not a true theory of economic history, nor even a true economic theory, but a description and foundation of economic althusaerin short, a sort of philosophico-economic Phenomenology. At the end of the war and following his release from the P. Althusser, Badiou, ZizekLondon: We should not think that this means a new technical distribution of roles imposed by the multiplication of new terms.

Montesquieu and Feuerbach 3. Althusser, however, argues against the idea that history has a subject such as the economy or human agency and that history has a goal such as communism or human freedom.

The shell, the mystical wrapping speculative philosophyshould be tossed aside and the precious kernel, the dialectic, retained.

Freud favored interpretations which accounted for such features not only once, but many times, in the context of various levels and complexes of the dreamer’s psyche. Contradictions of large-scale capitalist and imperialist exploitation in the major cities and their suburbs, in the mining regions, oil-fields, etc.

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Already, even in defeat, the Revolution had demonstrated and measured the weakness of Tsarist Russia. University of Minnesota Press. Presses Universitaires de France, overdetemrination, — In the philosophy of sciencethis means that more evidence is available than is necessary to justify a conclusion. That is why the present can feed on the shades of its past, or even project them before it, just as the great effigies of Roman Virtue opened up the road to Revolution and Terror for the Jacobins.

There are many problems of overdetermination. Gallimard,ocerdetermination Kukla, Rebecca and Mark Lance, Second is the thesis that chance or the aleatory is at the origin of all worlds. Competition between the monopolies made war inevitable.

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How should we really understand its use in this quotation? We really are dealing with a new relationship between new terms.

Alternatively, as Althusser indicates in many of these pieces his debts to contemporaneous theorists and to philosophical predecessors such as Spinoza, there is the temptation to understand his thought as a combination of the insights contributed by these thinkers with Marxist philosophy. Both also anticipate future concerns in their speculations about the ideological character of current scientific knowledge and in their incorporation of ideas from Mao about the relationship between theory and practice.

Three Varieties of Causal Overdetermination. Presses universitaires de France. Indeed, the only book-length study Althusser published during his lifetime was a work on Montesquieu, which appeared at the end of the decade. In other words, schematically, by material life on the one hand and spiritual life on the other. We have seen that one could nevertheless attempt to maintain a Hegelian relation the relation Hegel imposed between civil society and the State between these two groups of categories: He also managed to write an autobiography, a text he averred was intended to provide the explanation for the murder of his wife that he was never able to provide in court.

Before there wasoverdetegmination the great altjusser deceptions of England and Germany, before that the Commune, even earlier the German failure of How else could the class-divided popular masses proletarians, peasants, petty bourgeois throw themselves togetherconsciously or unconsciously, into a general assault on the existing regime?

Each of these essays includes the suggestion that critique and reform will occasion a better church and a truer Christianity. This course resulted in a series of papers, gathered together as Philosophy and the Spontaneous Philosophy of the Scientists ain which Althusser began rethinking the relations among philosophy, science, ideology, and politics.

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