Althusser's Lesson (häftad)
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Emiliano Battista
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Althusser's Lesson (häftad)

Althusser's Lesson

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Jacques Ranciere's first major work, Althusser's Lesson appeared in 1974, just as the energies of May 68 were losing ground to the calls for a return to order. Ranciere's analysis of Althusserian Marxism unfolds against this background: what is the relationship between the return to order and the enthusiasm which greeted the publication of Althusser's Reply to John Lewis in 1973? How to explain the rehabilitation of a philosophy that had been declared 'dead and buried on the barricades of May 68'? What had changed? The answer to this question takes the form of a genealogy of Althusserianism that is, simultaneously, an account of the emergence of militant student movements in the '60s, of the arrival of Maoism in France, and of how May 68 rearranged all the pieces anew. Encompassing the book's distinctive combination of theoretical analysis and historical description is a question that has guided Ranciere's thought ever since: how do theories of subversion become the rationale for order?
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This precise and elegant translation of Jacques Ranciere's first book will be of keen interest to those seeking to understand Ranciere's thought as well as the development of French philosophy during the 1970s. It will also be of help to those working to reanimate politics through a thorough questioning of its guiding assumptions. In this short, fiery, and at points moving text, one sees Ranciere's own positions begin to take root as this highly original thinker comes to grips with the legacy of his mentor, Louis Althusser. Joseph J. Tanke, University of Hawaii -- Joseph J. Tanke ... if one wishes to understand the seeds of [Ranciere's significant contributions to contemporary political thought] and the times in which they were germinating, Althusser's Lesson offers as good a first-hand account as one could ask for. -- Notre Dame Philosophical Review 'Emiliano Battista's translation is excellent: readable, judicious in its decisions, and attentive to the complex terminological terrain of the theoretical and political field into which Ranciere's book intervened. The translator's notes are a helpful guide to this context.' * Radical Philosophy * Ranciere tells a compelling story about the political effects both deliberate and unintentional of the relationship between academic Marxist discourse, institutional left politics, and the iconic mass rebellion of nine million workers that would later be known as 'the beginning of the end' of radical French leftism...Ranciere's reflections [...] open the space for a critical and politically sensitive dialogue between professors, theorists, activists, students, and workers over the political space which the university has time and time again proven itself to be. Moreover, it forces academic Marxists to consider their generally passive position in relation to these protests. -- Ashley Bohrer * Marx and Philosophy Review of Books * A lesson, like a letter, is delivered to someone, to a recipient ... in a specific time and place and, in written form, may like a letter be delayed, so delayed in fact that it misses the addressee...Sometimes a letter does reach its destination. -- Warren Montag, Occidental College, Los Angeles * Cultural Critique 83, Winter 2013 *

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Jacques Ranciere taught at the University of Paris VIII, France, from 1969 to 2000, occupying the Chair of Aesthetics and Politics from 1990 until his retirement. Emiliano Battista is the translator of Jacques Ranciere's Althusser's Lesson (Continuum, 2011) and Film Fables (Berg, 2006).


Translator's Preface \ 1. A lesson in orthodoxy: M.L. teaches John Lewis that the masses make history \ 2. A lesson in politics: philosophers do not become kings \ 3. A lesson in self-criticism: class struggle rages in theory \ 4. A lesson in history: the damages of humanism \ 5. A discourse in its place \ 6. For the record: on the theory of ideology (1969) \ Index.