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Philosophy of the Encounter : Later Writings, 1978-87
Althusser, Louis
Verso / Softcover / 2006-05-01 / 184467553X
Philosophy
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299 pages
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From Althusser's most prolific period, this book is destined to become a classic.
In the late 1970s and 1980s, Louis Althusser endured a period of intense mental instability during which he murdered his wife and was committed to a psychiatric hospital. Spanning this deeply troubling period, this fourth and final volume of political and philosophical writings reveals Althusser wrestling in a creative and unorthodox fashion with a whole series of theoretical problems to produce some of his very finest work. In his profound exploration of questions of determinism and contingency, Althusser developed a "philosophy of the encounter," which he links to a hidden and subterranean tradition in the history of Western thought.

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