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By Peter Hallward, Knox Peden

Concept and Form is a two-volume monument to the paintings of the philosophy magazine the Cahiers pour l'Analyse (1966-69), the main bold and radical collective venture to emerge from French structuralism. encouraged through their academics Louis Althusser and Jacques Lacan, the editors of the Cahiers sought to sever philosophy from the translation of given meanings or studies, focusing as a substitute at the mechanisms that constitution particular configurations of discourse, from the mental and ideological to the literary, medical, and political. enough research of the operations at paintings in those configurations, they argue, is helping organize the way in which for his or her innovative transformation.

The first quantity includes English translations of a few of crucial theoretical texts released within the magazine, written via thinkers who could quickly rely one of the so much artistic and influential in their iteration. the second one quantity collects newly commissioned essays at the magazine, including contemporary interviews with those who have been both individuals of its editorial board or linked to its broader theoretical project.

Contributors contain Alain Badiou, Étienne Balibar, Edward Baring, Jacques Bouveresse, Yves Duroux, Alain Grosrichard, Peter Hallward, Adrian Johnston, Serge Leclaire, Patrice Maniglier, Tracy McNulty, Jacques-Alain Miller, Jean-Claude Milner, Knox Peden, Jacques Rancière, François Regnault, and Slavoj Žižek.

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