Reading Capital


Aakar Books, New York, 1970

340 pages

Price INR 395
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Establishing a rigorous program of 'symptomatic reading' that cuts through the silences and lacunae of 'Capital' to reveal its philosophical core, Louis Althusser interprets Marx's structural analysis of production as a revolutionary break—the basis of a completely new science. Building on a series of Althusser's conceptual innovations that includes 'overdetermination' and 'social formation', Étienne Balibar explores the historical and structural facets of production as Marx understood them, scrutinizing many of the most fundamental points in 'Capital', as though for the first time.

Etienne Balibar

Étienne Balibar is Professor of Philosophy at the Universite de Paris-X. His other publications in English include The Philosophy of Marx and, with Immanuel Wallerstein, Race, Nation, Class.

Louis Althusser

Louis Althusser was a philosopher born in Algeria in 1918. He died in France in 1990. His other publications in English include For Marx, Politics and History, and On Ideology.