Contradiction and Overdetermination — Louis Althusser (1962) | Marxists Internet Archive

This is even better at putting in plain English the arguments and contradictions/explanations. Love it.

Taking Sides

Norm’s note: I’m posting this piece as an accompaniment to this post: Part Six. On the Materialist Dialectic On the Unevenness of Origins — Louis Althusser (1963)

Source: Marxists Internet Archive

Contradiction and Overdetermination
Louis Althusser (1962)

Contradiction and Overdetermination


Written: 1962;
Source:Notes for an Investigation, part III of “For Marx”
Translated: by Ben Brewster;
Publisher: Penguin Press;
HTML Markup: Andy Blunden.


In an article devoted to the Young Marx, I have already stressed the ambiguity of the idea of ‘inverting Hegel’. It seemed to me that strictly speaking this expression suited Feuerbach perfectly; the latter did, indeed, ‘turn speculative philosophy back on to its feet’, but the only result was to arrive with implacable logic at an idealist anthropology. But the expression cannot be applied to Marx, at least not to the Marx who had grown out of this ‘anthropological’ phase.

I could go further…

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