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Louis Althusser


Philosophy and the
Spontaneous Philosophy
of the Scientists

&
Other Essays


 
Edited by Gregory Elliot

 


 

V E R S O
London - New York
1990

 


Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo,
djr@marx2mao.org (September 2003)

    The following collection of essays span the period 1965-1978 and give expression to what some might characterize as a "right- ward drift" in certain of Althusser's political and ideological positions. Two of the seven essays listed in the table of contents below appear in other collections of this site and are not reproduced here. Moreover, I have not reproduced the editor's "Introduction", although the editor's footnotes acompanying each of Althusser's essays have been retained. These essays can be downloaded as a single large file (607k) or in three parts as outline below. An index from the text is also included, albeit modified to exclude the small Roman Numerial references to pages from the editors Introduction. Although the subject headings and page references in the index are NOT linked to the various sections of the text, it should prove useful once you have downloaded and saved all sections of the book (in one folder) on your hard drive. You will need to use two browsers (or two windows of the same browser) at the same time: one for viewing the text, and the other for viewing the index. Using the browser's "Find..." command, key words from the index can be entered, or, you can go to specific page references by entering "page x" (where "x" is a number -- there must be a space between the word "page" and the number). Below is the complete table of contents.



Contents





 
 

[ Part 1 -- 202k]

Introduction
Gregory Elliott [not available]


vii


 

Theory, Theoretical Practice and Theoretical Formation:
Ideology and Ideological Struggle


1

2

On Theoretical Work: Difficulties and Resources

43


 
[ Part 2 -- 282k]

3
 

Philosophy and the Spontaneous Philosophy of the
Scientists (1967)


69



Preface

71



Lecture I

73



Lecture II

101



Lecture III

119



Appendix: On Jacques Monod

145

4
 

Lenin and Philosophy
[available in the collection Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays]

167
 

5
 

Is it Simple to be a Marxist in Philosophy?
[available in the collection Essays in Self-Criticism]

203


 
[ Part 3 -- 128k]

6

The Transformation of Philosophy

241

7

Marxism Today

267

Index

281






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