At present, Althusser’s philosophy as a whole is undergoing a contradiction, uneven development, and overdetermination is that of the. In Althusser the need for a concept of overdetermination appears in Marxism at the point where the ideology of simple and general contradictions is undermined . Abstract, This article has no associated abstract. (fix it). Keywords, No keywords specified (fix it). Categories. Louis Althusser in Continental Philosophy.

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In short, as precisely these details show, the privileged situation of Russia with respect to the possible revolution was a matter of an accumulation and exacerbation of historical contradictions that would have been incomprehensible in any country which was not, as Russia was, simultaneously at least a century behind the imperialist world, and at the peak of its development.

This Marxism has no system of interrelated concepts that guarantee a scientific analysis. This account of the ideological role of our conceptions of human nature and of the best political arrangement shows Althusser to differ little from interpretations of Marx which hold that political ideologies are the product of and serve existing economic relations.


At the most, he succeeded in carving out some autonomy for theoretical reflection within the Party. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. The second problem on the other hand, raises a real question to which it is hardly likely that Marx and his disciples should not overddetermination given a concrete answer in theory and practice, in theory or in practice. Jaroslav Krejci – – History of European Ideas 8 3: Further, it possesses no worked out theory of the relations between economic structures and cultural structures but for that limited knowledge which scientific practice provides.

As the effect of these recognitions is to continue existing social relations, Althusser argued that a Dictatorship of the Proletariat is necessary so that Ideological State Apparatuses productive of the bourgeois subject can be replaced with those productive of proletarian or communist subjects.

As he retained this responsibility for more than thirty years and worked with some of the brightest thinkers that France produced during this time including Alain Badiou, Pierre Bourdieu, and Michel Foucaultthrough contraidction teaching Althusser left a deep and lasting impression on a generation of French philosophers and on French philosophy. This is especially true of the period between and when the majority of his published and unpublished work concerned itself with how to read Marx, the definition of Marxist philosophy, and how to understand overdeterminatiom apply Marxian concepts.


Northwestern University Press, — We are now concerned with the dialecticand the dialectic alone. University of Minnesota Press. The Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser imported the concept into Marxist political theory in an amd essay, “Contradiction and overdetermination.

This is not to say that human beings do not conceive of or strive for the best order for social life or that they do not believe that they are essentially free or equal and deserving of rights. Althusser, Badiou, ZizekLondon: Hegel, therefore, argues that every.

In opposition to the empiricist model of knowledge production, Althusser proposes that true or scientific knowledge is distinguished from ideology or opinion not by dint of an historical subject having abstracted the essence of an object from its appearances.

However, there is no necessity to any of these transformations and history does not necessarily progress. For the mathematical term involving systems of linear equations, see Overdetermined system. Third, new worlds and new orders themselves arise out of chance encounters between pre-existing material elements. This means, for instance, that some economic elements within a whole may be more or less capitalistic while others simultaneously operate according to socialist norms.

Secondary Literature Althusser, L. Ooverdetermination there may unproblematically be recognised many different necessary conditions of the event’s occurrence, no two distinct events may lay claim to be sufficient conditions, since this would lead to overdetermination.

Contradiction and Overdetermination

Contradictions of large-scale capitalist and imperialist exploitation in the major cities and their suburbs, in the mining regions, oil-fields, etc. He also wishes to return to and bolster the thesis he first ventured in the late s that there althussre really only two positions in philosophy: Any similarity here to Kuhnian ideas about revolutionary and normal science is not surprising.


This mistake was, fundamentally, an epistemological one: As Engels also says: As such, philosophy merely reflects the background values, attitudes, and ideas that allow the socio-economic world to function.

Contradictions of colonial exploitation and wars imposed on whole peoples. The shell, the mystical contraiction speculative philosophyshould be tossed aside and the precious kernel, the dialectic, retained. Allow me one last example.

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Louis AlthusserNew York: Instead, one should expect a modest shift from an idealist ideology to one that is materialist and more scientific and which has a better chance of realizing its goals. Brandon Carey – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 2: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Nonetheless, his relationship with the Party and with Rytman deepened during this period. In fact, scientific activity often proceeds without a clear understanding of the concepts that allow it to produce its knowledge. A conception of society which takes iverdetermination the achievements of eighteenth-century political theory and political economy, and regards every overdetefmination every modern society of course; but the present reveals what was once only a germ as constituted by two societies: Though these essays repeat the Party philosophy as formulated by Lenin, Stalin, and Zhdanov, they also include recognizable Althusserian themes and show his thinking about these themes to be in transition.

History, for Althusser, is a process without a subject. He substituted other, only distantly related terms for them. Sign in to use this feature.

The Detour of TheoryNew York: Presses Universitaires de France,— Overdetermination And The Exclusion Problem. But this raises the ghost of the Hegelian model again — not of its abstract model of contradiction, but of the concrete model overdetetmination the conception of history reflected in it.

Subset Realization, Parthood, and Overretermination Overdetermination. For Marx, both terms and relation are changed in nature and sense. At first glance, this charge might seem ridiculous.