Althusser, Louis Nov 26, ISBN Buy. Consequently, Marx's Capital has greater explanatory power than does political economy because it provides both a model of the economy and a description of the structure and development of a whole society.
It is indeed significant that Althusser does not mention that, for Rousseau, the concept of the essence of man outlined in the state of pure nature also grounds his critique of the present state of affairs, and that this, in turn, grounds the content of emancipatory and empowering and aleatory political action. Scott, J. Although Althusser insists that there was an epistemological break,  he later states that its occurrence around is not clearly defined, as traces of humanism, historicism, and Hegelianism are found in Capital.
Althusser delivered these lectures on Rousseau's Discourse on the Origins of Inequality at the École normale supérieure in Paris in They are fascinating for two reasons. First, they gave rise to a new generation of Rousseau scholars, attentive not just to Rousseau's ideas, but also to those of his concepts that were buried beneath.
<b>Althusser dissects the leading Enlightenment philosopher</b><br><br>Althusser delivered these lectures on Rousseau's <i>Discourse on the Origins of Inequality</i> at the École normale supérieure in Paris in 1972. They are fascinating for two reasons. First, they gave rise to a new generation of Rousseau scholars, attentive not just to Rousseau's ideas, but also to those of his ...
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Louis Althusser wrote this substantial analysis of Rousseau’s Social Contract on the basis of lectures notes for a course he delivered at the Ecole Normale Supérieure during the academic year. The full course was entitled ‘Rousseau and his predecessors’, and included sections on Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, as well as this section on the.
New arrivals. Lessons on Rousseau Louis Althusser Nov They are fascinating for two reasons. First, they gave rise to a new generation of Rousseau scholars, attentive not just to Rousseau's ideas, but also to those of his concepts that were buried beneath metaphors or fictional situations and characters. A new way of coming to terms with Rousseau's theoretical rigour, beneath his apparent reveries and sentimental flights of fancy, was here put to work.
Second, we are now discovering that the 'late Althusser's' theses about aleatory materialism and the need to break with the strict determinism of theories of history in order to devise a new philosophy 'for Marx' were being worked out well before - in this reading of Rousseau dating from twelve years earlier, which introduces into Rousseau's text the ideas of the void, the accident, the take, and the necessity of contingency.
Louis Althusser was born in Algeria in and died in France in But alienation and freedom are mutually exclusive. The people do not contract with an external sovereign; they constitute themselves as sovereign. In doing so, the individuals who participate in a social contract generate a second discrepancy. But individuals may also come to pursue the corporate interests of a particular group, class or faction within the general association.
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A short summary of this paper. In the second section I will provide a counter argument or alternative reading of Rousseau. Introduction The political oeuvre of Jean Jacques Rousseau has given birth to a vast body of interpretive work. Not only was Rousseau a revolutionary thinker of his own time, but over the centuries his ideas have proven to be prolific in terms of the production of newer, and at times entirely innovative, theses.
One such interpreter of Rousseau has been Louis Althusser. However, in terms of continuity, his body of work indicates a 1 For Althusser, the radical distinction between real objects and theoretical objects is the crowning achievement of the scientific discipline. This schematic he hopes to apply to philosophy in his turn. Thus emerges his anti-humanist, scientific approach. Regardless, in his writings during his post-institutionalization period of the s, we find the expression of his idea through the use of a new language.
There are plausible and rather convincing arguments to be made for a reading of Rousseau that considers his entire body of work as a singular whole. Having laid out the primary purpose of this exploration, it is important also to concede that to extricate a singular argument from Rousseau is not only difficult, but also a task to be approached with some measure of caution. One must be wary that of trying to reconcile in Rousseau what is fundamentally irreconcilable, or ignoring and suppressing contradictions and paradoxes which are as fundamental as all other ideas.
While it makes for a fruitful exegetical exercise, the richness of potential interpretive paradigms complicates building a singular argument where counterarguments for the same exist in other places within the text. Thus, in the interest of creating a fuller argument, I will acknowledge and attend to conflicting readings or counterarguments as far as possible, and offer an attempt at resolution.
What encapsulates the aleatory nature of each occurring encounter is the equal possibility for it not to occur. In other words, all possibilities of social and productive forms are actualized only as aleatory ruptures, and thus their chances of existing are always as likely or as contingent as the chances of their non-existence.
In the Epicurean tradition, it is pure chance which causes one of these atoms moving in parallel to each other to swerve and encounter another atom. They exist in isolation, and in the anticipation of the moment of encounter. To illustrate this, Althusser uses the analogy of a game of dice. In the void there are strings of brief encounters which occur and disintegrate, until there is external intervention from an agent causing the encounter to prolong and congeal, resulting the occurring reality of the world.
This we call the fait accompli, or accomplished fact. For Althusser, there are no determining principles; the reality of the world, the accomplished fact, all is established through pure contingency. All meaning, causality and reason is imposed upon history in retrospect.
It is only after the fact becoming accomplished, the world existing, that we can impose causality, or indeed, even meaning. In this new philosophy there is no object; there is only the void which contains all that is not yet existent, but has the potentiality to become so. The forms and patterns of existence that emerge cannot be known immanently, they emerge completely by chance alone.
There exists also the possibility for new worlds, forms and patterns to emerge from the encounters between the existing ones, and whether or not they do is again dependent upon chance. The encounter may or may not result in new orders. The contingent nature of the origin and essence is, for Althusser, implicit in Rousseau.
Althusser on Rousseau For Althusser, Rousseau remained a point of reference throughout his productive period. His lectures and writings on Rousseau range from a set in , to another in , , and finally his work in the s. Instead, Althusser proposes that there is an undercurrent of aleatory materialism, not apparent perhaps even to Rousseau himself.
Materialist philosophy for Althusser must break from any reference to origin, essence, purpose or teleology, as these are all markers of an idealist tradition. The aleatory materialist strain is, for Althusser, the unfolding of history without a subject.
There is no origin, no anticipation of the end in reason or order; his is a philosophy marked by a rejection of the whole. For Althusser, Rousseau can be read as rejecting the idea of an origin that is connected to its consequential historical process.
This state, like the void, lacks causal power, it is separated from the structure of causality. Here man exists in a solitary state, and is entirely unaffected by the forces of nature. This is the pre-encounter state; atomized and solitary, not unlike the atoms in the clinamen. It is not until the moment of historical intervention, the intercession of an external causal agent, that the departure from this state occurs, giving birth to the process of history. He argues that the pure state of nature is pre-social, pre-political, and devoid of any imminent teleological unfolding of history.
El laberinto de Althusser Curso sobre Rousseau. 2013.
Cuando Althusser copia y pega la imagen pintada por Rousseau sobre un mundo en estado de pura naturaleza, un bosque, donde toda "las necesidades son satisfechas inmediatamente porque son necesidades inmediatas, necesidades físicas" (p. 114), ésta se ve trasmutada por palabras aún no escritas en el siglo XVIII.
Althusser delivered these lectures on Rousseau's Discourse on the Origins of Inequality at the École normale supérieure in Paris in They are fascinating for two reasons. First, they gave rise to a new generation of Rousseau scholars, attentive not just to Rousseau's ideas, but also to those of his concepts that were buried beneath. 18/05/ · Chapter 6 From the Critique of Natural Law to the Void of the Forest and the Inexistence of the Origin: Althusser on Rousseau. Chapter 7 From the ‘Hidden God’ to the Materialism of the Encounter: Althusser on Pascal. Chapter 8 The Difficulties of being a Materialist in Philosophy: Assessing Aleatory Materialism. "Rousseau" ). Althusser argues that the of the citizen realizes the synthesis ofthe State in man. himself. the citizen. is. the State in the private. man" ("Montesquieu" 62). This. is. the technology that ensures subjects. see. themselves-and. willingly-as. such. .
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Louis Althusser was born in Algeria in and died in France in His books include For Marx; Reading Capital with Etienne Althusser Rousseau Hd Phorno Essays in Ideology; Politics and History: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Marx; Machiavelli and Us; and The Spectre of Hegel.
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