"ON ALTHUSSER’s PHILOSOPHY OF THE ENCOUNTER"

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Abstract

"The article reviews Althusser’s Philosophy of the Encounter, examining in turn the
problem of the Epistemological Break and the idea of matérialisme aléatoire. It looks at Althusser’s critique of the concept of commodity fetishism and suggests a possible response. It goes on to situate the matérialisme aléatoire in the context of the history of atomism with particular reference to the work of Boltzmann. It provides a possible technique of both rejecting teleology whilst retaining the arrow of time."
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38
Number of pages62
JournalWorld Review of Political Economy
Volume4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Althusser
  • commodity fetishism
  • randomness

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