Review of: L. Althusser, Philosophy of the Encounter

Cockshott, W.P. (2013) Review of: L. Althusser, Philosophy of the Encounter. World Review of Political Economy, 4(1), pp. 38-62. (doi:10.13169/worlrevipoliecon.4.1.0038) [Book Review]

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The article reviews Althusser’s Philosophy of the Encounter, examining in turn the problem of the Epistemological Break and the idea of matérialisme aléatoire. It looks at Althusser’s critique of the concept of commodity fetishism and suggests a possible response. It goes on to situate the matérialisme aléatoire in the context of the history of atomism with particular reference to the work of Boltzmann. It provides a possible technique of both rejecting teleology whilst retaining the arrow of time.

Item Type:Book Reviews
Keywords:Althusser, randomness, fethishism.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cockshott, Dr William
Authors: Cockshott, W.P.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:World Review of Political Economy
ISSN (Online):2042-8928

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