Althusser

The Detour of Theory

Gregory Elliott

9789350022924

Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2015

410 pages

Price INR 825.00
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First published in 1987, Althusser: The Detour of Theory was widely received as the fullest account of its subject to date. Drawing on a wide range of hitherto untranslated material, it examined the political and intellectual contexts of Althusser's return to Marx in the mid-1960s, analyzed the novel character of the Marxism developed in his major works, charted their authors subsequent evolution, from his self-criticism to the proclamation of a crisis of Marxism and concluded with a balance-sheet of Althusser's contribution to historical materialism. For this second edition, Gregory Elliott has added a substantial postscript in which he surveys the posthumous edition of the French philosophers work published in the 1990s, from the early writings of the 1940s through to the late texts of the 1980s, relating the unknown Althusser revealed by them to the familiar figure of For Marx and Reading Capital, together with a comprehensive bibliography of Althusser's oeuvre.

Gregory Elliott

Gregory C. Elliott received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1977. He is currently professor of Sociology at Brown University. Previously, he was assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests focus on the social development of the individual and the problem of integrating the self into society. In particular, he currently researches the concept of mattering (the extent to which one makes a difference in the lives of others) and its motivational impact on behavior. A second area of research involves the causes and consequences of child maltreatment. His methodological expertise includes the General Linear Model, logistic regression, structural equation models, index construction, and issues of reliability and validity in measurement.