The Necessity of Contingency. Rereading Althusser on Structural Causality

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620275
Title:
The Necessity of Contingency. Rereading Althusser on Structural Causality
Authors:
Pippa, Stefano
Abstract:
Among the concepts proposed by Althusser in the course of his famous symptomatic reading of Marx’s Capital, structural causality plays a central role. Extrapolated from Marx’s writings via a detour through the philosophy of Spinoza, it came to represent the concept in which Althusser summed up ‘Marx’s immense theoretical revolution’. [1] As is well known, for Althusser, by breaking with the other two models of causality available in Marx’s time (the mechanistic causality derived from Descartes and the ‘expressive’ causality derived from Leibniz and above all Hegel), ‘structural causality’ made it possible for the first time to think of history as a process deprived of any essence and telos, without subject and without end – or, as Althusser puts it in another formulation, as a ‘structure of structures’ without any centre. [2] It was, therefore, the concept that condensed the anti-humanist reading produced in the 1960s by Althusser and his collaborators, one that soon became famous under the label ‘structural Marxism’.
Publisher:
Radical Philosophy Group
Journal:
Radical Philosophy
Issue Date:
Sep-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620275
Additional Links:
https://www.radicalphilosophy.com/article/the-necessity-of-contingency
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0300-211X
Appears in Collections:
FOSS

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dc.contributor.authorPippa, Stefanoen
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-09T16:26:42Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-09T16:26:42Z-
dc.date.issued2016-09-
dc.identifier.issn0300-211Xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620275-
dc.description.abstractAmong the concepts proposed by Althusser in the course of his famous symptomatic reading of Marx’s Capital, structural causality plays a central role. Extrapolated from Marx’s writings via a detour through the philosophy of Spinoza, it came to represent the concept in which Althusser summed up ‘Marx’s immense theoretical revolution’. [1] As is well known, for Althusser, by breaking with the other two models of causality available in Marx’s time (the mechanistic causality derived from Descartes and the ‘expressive’ causality derived from Leibniz and above all Hegel), ‘structural causality’ made it possible for the first time to think of history as a process deprived of any essence and telos, without subject and without end – or, as Althusser puts it in another formulation, as a ‘structure of structures’ without any centre. [2] It was, therefore, the concept that condensed the anti-humanist reading produced in the 1960s by Althusser and his collaborators, one that soon became famous under the label ‘structural Marxism’.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRadical Philosophy Groupen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.radicalphilosophy.com/article/the-necessity-of-contingencyen
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dc.subjectAlthusseren
dc.subjectstructuralismen
dc.subjectnecessityen
dc.subjectcontingencyen
dc.subjectSpinozaen
dc.titleThe Necessity of Contingency. Rereading Althusser on Structural Causalityen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalRadical Philosophyen
dc.date.accepted2016-07-
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