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Strikes me that two big absences in current contemporary (continental) philosophy are Sartre and Althusser. Time was both occupied central roles in French thought, but the deaths of both saw their intellectual stock fall precipitously (actually, thinking about it, Althusser's stock had been falling for quite some time before he died). Sartre, I think, is due a reassessment (and note that is "reassessment" not revival; plenty to argue with and denounce in both these thinkers), as is Althusser. With big Al we do, at least, have this recently out from Verso:



Concept and Form is a two-volume monument to the work of the philosophy journal the Cahiers pour l’Analyse (1966–69), the most ambitious and radical collective project to emerge from French structuralism. Inspired by their teachers Louis Althusser and Jacques Lacan, the editors of the Cahiers sought to sever philosophy from the interpretation of given meanings or experiences, focusing instead on the mechanisms that structure specific configurations of discourse, from the psychological and ideological to the literary, scientific, and political. Adequate analysis of the operations at work in these configurations, they argue, helps prepare the way for their revolutionary transformation.

The first volume comprises English translations of some of the most important theoretical texts published in the journal, written by thinkers who would soon be counted among the most inventive and influential of their generation.

The second volume collects newly commissioned essays on the journal, together with recent interviews with people who were either members of its editorial board or associated with its broader theoretical project.

Contributors include Alain Badiou, Étienne Balibar, Edward Baring, Jacques Bouveresse, Yves Duroux, Alain Grosrichard, Peter Hallward, Adrian Johnston, Serge Leclaire, Patrice Maniglier, Tracy McNulty, Jacques-Alain Miller, Jean-Claude Milner, Knox Peden, Jacques Rancière, François Regnault, and Slavoj Žižek.

Readers Comments

  1. Warren Montag's "Althusser and his Contemporaries" came out a couple of months ago, and is a pretty vital read. You can access the intro here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/131858527/Althusser-and-His-Contemporaries-by-Warren-Montag

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