Machiavelli and Us

  • Title: Machiavelli and Us
  • Author: Louis Althusser
  • ISBN: 9781859847114
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Machiavelli and Us Though only appearing as an occasional reference in the Marxist philosopher s oeuvre Machiavelli was an unseen constant presence For together with Spinoza and Marx Machiavelli was a veritable Althus
    Though only appearing as an occasional reference in the Marxist philosopher s oeuvre, Machiavelli was an unseen constant presence For together with Spinoza and Marx, Machiavelli was a veritable Althusserian passion Machiavelli and Us reveals why, and will be welcomed for the light it sheds on the richly complex thought of its author.

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    About Louis Althusser


    1. Louis Pierre Althusser 1918 1990 was one of the most influential Marxist philosophers of the 20th Century As they seemed to offer a renewal of Marxist thought as well as to render Marxism philosophically respectable, the claims he advanced in the 1960s about Marxist philosophy were discussed and debated worldwide Due to apparent reversals in his theoretical positions, to the ill fated facts of his life, and to the historical fortunes of Marxism in the late twentieth century, this intense interest in Althusser s reading of Marx did not survive the 1970s Despite the comparative indifference shown to his work as a whole after these events, the theory of ideology Althusser developed within it has been broadly deployed in the social sciences and humanities and has provided a foundation for much post Marxist philosophy In addition, aspects of Althusser s project have served as inspiration for Analytic Marxism as well as for Critical Realism Though this influence is not always explicit, Althusser s work and that of his students continues to inform the research programs of literary studies, political philosophy, history, economics, and sociology In addition, his autobiography has been subject to much critical attention over the last decade At present, Althusser s philosophy as a whole is undergoing a critical reevaluation by scholars who have benefited from the anthologization of hard to find and previously unpublished texts and who have begun to engage with the great mass of writings that remain in his archives.


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    1. This short book is an excellent production by the French Structural Marxist Louis Althusser. Written in a cool, clear style, Althusser presents a picture of Machiavelli in contradiction to the two major streams of interpretation - though, by his own admission, it is not strictly an interpretation. The work is not especially dense and gives a good outline of The Prince and the Discourses. For anyone looking for an introduction to Machiavelli's work, and more loosely an introduction to Marxist pol [...]

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    2. In this book, Althusser interprets Machiavellian theories of national state through texts of "Discourses" and "The Prince." A remarkable book, not only a part of Marxist political canon, but also an analytical text of what statecraft has founded on.

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    3. En un extraordinario texto escrito en su período de reclusión, Louis Althusser lee a Maquiavelo y hace la muy razonable pregunta sobre si El Príncipe debe ser considerado un manifiesto político revolucionario. A fin de aplicarse a esta cuestión, Althusser intenta primero definir la “forma manifiesto” en tanto género específico de texto, comparando las características de El Príncipe con aquellas del manifiesto político paradigmático, el Manifiesto del Partido Comunista de Marx y En [...]

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    4. Just as Marx founds a seminal materialist science of history demarcated from a subject in Reading Capital, so too does Machiavelli invent a philosophy of politics from "the aleatory void" in Machiavelli and Us. Not only does the publication of The Prince mark the first time political practice appears in a theoretical text, but more importantly, it introduces the reader to his totally original "experimental method" in which a composite thesis is made up of contradictory theses that are positively [...]

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    5. As someone who loves Machiavelli and all his works I found this to be the best companion work I could ask for. Althusser breaks down the way some of the most important Machiavelli readers have interpreted him while providing a new and thoughtful way of looking at the first Modern man.I am sure I would use portions of this book if I ever teach a section on Machiavelli or even the history of dissent.

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    6. I'm convinced Althusser didn't mention Machiavelli more frequently only because the similarities are so patent. Hard to read The Prince's statements on the people and the spectacle of power, and not think of Althusser's writings on the production of the subject.

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    7. Exactly what you'd expect a book by Althusser to say about Machiavelli. Whether that's a good or bad thing, I'm not sure.

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    8. Unsurprisingly, obtuse French Marxist criticism and parenting a 2 year old do not mix.

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    9. Great reading of Machiavelli! A must-read!

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    10. Bel volume, interessante, completo e con una tesi di fondo molto convincente, ovvero l'impegno di Machiavelli verso la creazione di un progetto politico particolare: l'unità d'Italia.

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