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By Warren Montag

Althusser and His Contemporaries alters and expands realizing of Louis Althusser and French philosophy of the Sixties and Seventies. millions of pages of formerly unpublished paintings from assorted sessions of Althusser's occupation were made on hand in French seeing that his dying in 1990. in line with meticulous research of the philosopher's posthumous guides, in addition to his unpublished manuscripts, lecture notes, letters, and marginalia, Warren Montag presents a thoroughgoing reevaluation of Althusser's philosophical undertaking.

Montag exhibits that the theorist was once intensely engaged with the paintings of his contemporaries, relatively Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, and Lacan. reading Althusser's philosophy as a chain of encounters together with his peers' idea, Montag contends that Althusser's significant philosophical confrontations revolved round 3 issues: constitution, topic, and beginnings and endings. examining Althusser interpreting his contemporaries, Montag sheds new gentle on structuralism, poststructuralism, and the extreme second of French suggestion within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies.

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14 If a given consciousness (for we can no longer speak of consciousness in general) is indistinguishable from the idea and disappears with it, there is only one conclusion to be drawn. The final lines of Sur la logique possessed, for Althusser and his students, among others, the mobilizing force of a political slogan and would be cited by Georges Canguilhem in his defense of Foucault’s Les mots et les choses against the anti-­ antihumanists of the time: “It is not a philosophy of consciousness but a philosophy of the concept which can provide a theory of science.

Is their critique the same? The answer to this question may be found in the recorded remarks by a member of Derrida’s audience in the discussion that followed his presentation. Father Stanislas Breton, the Catholic philosopher who admired Spinoza and could speak intelligently about Lenin and who would later become one of Althusser’s closest friends, asked a question of Derrida that Althusser himself would pose in his notes on Derrida’s texts a few years later, a question that concerned the very concepts, “sous rature” and “différance,” that he would publicly praise: “my last remark concerns a duality in structure; it can be interpreted in a horizontal or vertical sense.

The very correlation between consciousness and its objects (the intentionality of consciousness) overcomes the problem of the heteronomy of objects by making objects one of the poles of consciousness. This moveSettling Accounts with Phenomenology 41 ment in turn solves the problem of the object in formalism by accepting the incompleteness of formal systems, as well as solving the problem of the relations between systems (there is no system of all possible systems that would not itself be part of another system) by seeing these problems as solvable only through a reduction to a transcendental consciousness.

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