By Agon Hamza
Agon Hamza bargains an in-depth research of the most thesis of Louis Althusser’s philosophical company along a transparent, enticing dissection of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s most crucial movies. there's a philosophical, non secular, and political courting among Althusser’s philosophy and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s movies. Hamza teases out the issues of touch, putting particular concentrate on opinions of ideology, faith, ideological nation apparatuses, and the category fight. The dialogue, even if, doesn't deal with Althusser and Pasolini on my own. Hamza additionally attracts on Spinoza, Hegel, Marx, and Žižek to accomplish his examine. Pasolini’s movies are a treasure-trove of Althusserian notion, and Hamza ably employs Althusserian phrases in his interpreting of the movies. Althusser and Pasolini offers an artistic reconstruction of Althusserian philosophy, in addition to a singular exam of Pasolini’s movie from the viewpoint of the filmmaker’s personal inspiration and Althusser’s theses.
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The concept of determination and overdetermination are inspired by the writings of the Chinese revolutionary Mao TseTung. ” However, the type of the contradiction that is of interest to Althusser is another one. Mao distinguishes between the principal contradiction and the principal aspect of a contradiction. The distinction between the two can be rendered as following: in a capitalist society, the two forces in contradiction, the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, form the principal contradiction.
We should remember that one of Althusser’s main enemies, both philosophically and politically, was Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the author of Phenomenology of Perception, as well as Jean-Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness. The French philosophical debate in the 1950s was centred on the dichotomy between consciousness versus structures, which could in different instances be articulated or defended as or/and critiqued from Husserl’s writings. In the initial ‘settling of accounts’ with phenomenology, to use a term by Warren Montag, Althusser was influenced by two great French epistemologists, Georges Canguilhem and Jean Cavaillès.
Althusser 2014, pp. 2005. Thus, my thesis is that Althusser’s anti-Hegelianism is hostility toward politically interpreted Hegel. 17. 3 PERIODIZATION 27 It is in this sense that one can think of both Althusser’s passage from Christianity to Marxism (and philosophy) and his abandonment of the Church, because of his fidelity to Christianity. It is worth noting that Althusser never became an apostate Roman Catholic. The rejection, or abandonment, of the Church enabled Althusser to rethink Marxism on universal grounds.