Reading Capital

Reading Capital

by Louis Althusser, Etienne Balibar
     
 

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Seeking to cleanse Marx of all Hegelian impurities and recast his thought on a rigorously scientific basis, in this work Althusser and one of his most brilliant students and colleagues, Etienne Balibar, subjected Marx's method in Capital, his critique of classical political economy and the fundamental terms of historical materialism, to searching textual analysis and…  See more details below

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Seeking to cleanse Marx of all Hegelian impurities and recast his thought on a rigorously scientific basis, in this work Althusser and one of his most brilliant students and colleagues, Etienne Balibar, subjected Marx's method in Capital, his critique of classical political economy and the fundamental terms of historical materialism, to searching textual analysis and challenging conceptual reconstruction. Inaugurating a new way of reading Marx that was to prove both intensely stimulating and capable of generating fierce controversy, Reading Capital is a work that cannot be bypassed by anyone interested in Marxism, and in theory more generally, in this century.

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Times Literary Supplement
One reads his passionate study with attention, even excitement.— Eric Hobsbawn
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“One reads his passionate study with attention, even excitement.”
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“One reads his passionate study with attention, even excitement.”—Eric Hobsbawn, Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859841648
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Classics Ser.
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

Louis Althusser was born in Algeria in 1918 and died in France in 1990. He taught philosophy for many years at the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris, and was a leading intellectual in the French Communist Party. His books include For Marx; Reading Capital (with Etienne Balibar); Essays in Ideology; Politics and History: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Marx; Machiavelli and Us; and The Spectre of Hegel.

Étienne Balibar is a French Marxist philosopher and the most celebrated student of Louis Althusser. He is also one of the leading exponents of French Marxist philosophy and the author of Spinoza and Politics, The Philosophy of Marx and co-author of Race, Nation and Class and Reading Capital.

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