Politics and History
Montesquieu, Rousseau, Marx
By (author) Louis Althusser
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Politics and History by Louis Althusser
Book DescriptionIn the first two essays of this book, Louis Althusser analyses the work of two of the greatest thinkers of the Enlightenment - Montesquieu and Rousseau. He shows that although they made considerable advances towards establishing a science of politics, particularly in comparison with the theorists of natural law, they nevertheless remained the victims of the ideologies of their day and class. Montesquieu accepted as given the political notions current in French absolutism; Rousseau attempted to impose by moral conversion an already outdated mode of production. The third essay examines Marx's relationship to Hegel and elaborates on the discussions of this theme in Althusser's earlier books, "For Marx" and "Lenin and Philosophy." Althusser argues that Marx was able to establish a theory of historical materialism and the possibility of a Marxist philosophy of dialectical materialism not simply by turning his back on Hegel, but by extracting and converting certain categories from Hegel's "Logic" and applying them to English political economy and French socialist political theory.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844675722
(197mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Verso Books
Publisher: Verso Books
Publish Date: 14-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Louis Althusser
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A classic work of Marxist analysis, available unabridged for the first time
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The first translation of Althusser's key text on ideology.
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Author Biography - Louis Althusser
Louis Althusser was born in Algeria in 1918 and died in Paris in 1990. Among his other works translated into English are For Marx, Reading Capital, Machiavelli and Us, and The Spectre of Hegel, all published by Verso.
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