At present, Althusser’s philosophy as a whole is undergoing a contradiction, uneven development, and overdetermination is that of the. 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 . Abstract, This article has no associated abstract. (fix it). Keywords, No keywords specified (fix it). Categories. Louis Althusser in Continental Philosophy.

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Presses Universitaires alfhusser France,—; tr. One day it will be necessary to do what Marx and Engels did for utopian socialism, but this time for those still schematic-utopian forms of mass consciousness influenced by Marxism even the consciousness of certain of its theoreticians in the first stage of its history: Une Biographie Tome I: Such a reactivation would be totally inconceivable for a dialectic deprived of overdetermination.

Contradiction and Overdetermination

In his writings from the s, for instance, his method and conclusions resemble those of the Marxist Humanists of whom he would later be so critical, while texts from the s deploy without irony the Stalinist shibboleths he would later subject to such castigation. It was also made difficult by the vast differences in their experience of the world and by her relationship with the Communist Party. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. For example, the German Social-Democrats at the end of the nineteenth century imagined that they would shortly be promoted to socialist triumph by virtue of belonging to the overdeteemination powerful capitalist State, then undergoing rapid economic growth, just as they were experiencing rapid electoral growth such coincidences do occur.

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Instead, he contends that Marx is guilty of committing the same error as Hegel in mistaking historical content for the fulfillment of the dialectic. By this, he means to say that most philosophy reproduces, in highly abstract form, notions about the world whose effect is to sustain existing socio-economic relations. We have seen that one could nevertheless attempt to maintain a Hegelian snd the relation Hegel imposed between civil society and the State between these two groups of categories: What is the essence of this practical experience and the reflections it inspired in Lenin?


In fact at each moment of its development consciousness lives and experiences its own essence the essence corresponding to the stage it has attained through all the echoes of the essence it has previously been, and through the allusive presence of the corresponding historical forms. Further, it possesses no worked out theory of the relations between economic structures and cultural structures but for that limited knowledge which scientific practice provides.

Of course, this ocntradiction principle contains as echoes the principle of each of the historical formations it has superseded, but as echoes of itself — that is why, too, it only has one centre, the contradictioj of all the past worlds conserved in its memory; that is why it is simple. Remaining also is a Marxism which does not subscribe to any philosophy overdefermination history and which certainly does not maintain that capitalism will inevitably lead to communism.

Presses Universitaires de Overfetermination, — Vatter, Miguel, InAlthusser acquired the right to direct research on the basis of his previously published work.

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This temptation results in the radical reduction of the dialectic of history to the dialectic generating the successive modes of production. Louis Althusser in Continental Philosophy. Find it on Scholar.

Whether these texts represent a continuation of, or even the key to his philosophy or whether they are an aberration is presently being debated in the secondary literature. The second relationship begun by Althusser was little happier and no less dependent than the first. 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.


Althusser et la psychanalyseParis: Must we be even plainer? Goshgarian in Philosophy of the Encounter: Sign in to use this feature.

Apparently, no one member can be said to have caused the victims’ deaths, since he or she would have been killed anyway. This althuswer of concepts may be more or less unified and consistent and it may be more or less consciously articulated.

Though there is an objective world, philosophy does not contradoction knowledge of this world as its object for there is no way for it to ground itself and the material it thinks with and through arises historically. At the most, he succeeded in carving out some autonomy for theoretical reflection within the Party.

This overdetermination is inevitable and thinkable as soon as the real existence of the forms of the superstructure and of the national and international conjuncture has been recognised — an existence largely specific and autonomous, and therefore irreducible to a pure phenomenon. Contradictions of large-scale capitalist and imperialist exploitation in the major cities and their suburbs, in the mining regions, oil-fields, etc.

This is the case because, no matter how much work scientists do to understand the material real and to generate better concepts, they must always employ ideological concepts to frame their investigations and its results. Civilisation and Social Formation: Elliot, Gregory, contradictiion.

Both also anticipate future concerns in their speculations about cnotradiction ideological character of current scientific knowledge and in their incorporation of ideas from Mao about the relationship between theory and practice. Marxism Philosophy of science Psychoanalytic terminology Freudian psychology. This can be quickly illustrated.