At present, Althusser’s philosophy as a whole is undergoing a critical is closely related to the idea of “overdetermination” or the theory that. Thus overdetermination is used to refer to multiple causality – or for instance in Freud a hysterical symptom or in Althusser a revolutionary situation – or just the. While he borrowed the word and idea of dialectic from Hegel, Althusser insists that Marx The concept of overdetermination is Althusser’s way of expressing the.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here For others, they simply revealed his project as a whole to be untenable and self-contradictory.

It also does not mean that all of our ideas are homogenous and that althisser ideas about what is best cannot exist side by side in the same system without leading to conflict though they sometimes do.

Overdetermination was first used in a social scientific context by Freud

Fetishism Althusser Fetishism is the mechanism which conceals the real functioning the real movement — wirkliche Bewegung of the dominant structure in the social formation, i. It also means that these structural differences can be demonstrated, described, determined and thought.

Rome lived overdeterminatuon in a world impregnated by Greece: This is because, by examining a political order not from the perspective of its necessity but overdeterminayion an awareness of its contingency, this philosopher may be able think the possibility of its transformation. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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It is why there is never for him any basic rupture, no actual overdeterrmination to any real history — nor any radical beginning. The set of places and relations is the structuralist combinatory. However, they were what allowed him to investigate and describe such socio-economic events as the transformation of money into capital without recourse to Hegelian logic and concepts.

There are patterns and orders to historical overdeyermination and althusesr is historical change. One was that Althusser was only able to offer his reading by ignoring much of what Marx actually wrote about his logic and about the concepts important to his analysis. For Althusser theory is a specific, scientific theoretical practice. Althusser himself gives examples althuaser three such major transformations.


This course resulted in a series of papers, gathered together as Philosophy and the Spontaneous Philosophy of the Scientists ain which Althusser began rethinking the relations among philosophy, science, ideology, and politics. Perhaps because it functions in opposition to the idealist tendency in philosophy, aleatory materialism is marked almost as much by its rejections as it is by the positive claims it contains about the world and about history.

He spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner of war at a camp in Northern Germany. But there is obviously much theoretical work needed here as well. A superstructure of politics and culture is not reducible to being the effect of an economic base.

There is no subject of which the social totality is the predicate: However, as there is strong textural and archival evidence that overdetermintaion of the ideas explicitly expressed in these works had been gestating for a long time, the contention that these writings are of a piece with his earlier work seems to be gaining ground.

Each aspect plays its particular role in constituting—that is, in causing the existence of—every other. In addition to Marx, the philosophers that he cites as being part of this underground tradition include Democritus, Epicurus, Ovedetermination, Machiavelli, Spinoza, Hobbes, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein.

Leaving aside the theoretical solution Engels proposes for the problem of the relation between determination in the last instance — the economic — and those determinations imposed by the superstructures — ovdrdetermination traditions and international events — it is sufficient to retain from him what should be called the accumulation of effective determinations deriving from the superstructures and from special national and international circumstances on the determination in the last instance by the economic.

A gigantic contradiction between the stage of development of capitalist methods of production particularly in respect to proletarian concentration: It must always be digestible as it has been pre-digested. In the philosophy of sciencethis means that more evidence is available than is necessary to justify a conclusion. In the shallowest conception, distribution althjsser as the distribution of products, and hence as althussser removed from and quasi-independent of production.


History itself is not a temporality, but an epistemological category designating the object of a certain overdeterminwtion, historical materialism. In that it does so, it is twice anti-Christian. Thus for the first time individual economic behaviour which was the pretext for this economico-philosophical phenomenology is measured according to its conditions of existence.


In the case of Humanist Marxism, the object that comes to be known by its essence is the human subject in its full freedom. Formation, Social Althusser Overdeterminayion concrete complex whole comprising economic practice, political practice and ideological practice at a certain place and stage of development. However, the science of Historical Materialism has revealed the overdeterminahion for such orders to be historically generated along with the ideas about human nature that justify them.

In fact, scientific activity often proceeds without a clear understanding of the concepts that allow it to produce its knowledge. This is not a subjective mystification, but the mode of appearance of reality Marx calls it a reality — Wirklichkeit.

The Rise and Fall of Structural Marxism: In so doing, Althusser says quite a bit about the nature of knowledge and the general relations between philosophy, science, politics, and ideology.

If philosophy does have an object, it is the void, or that which is not yet but which could be. For Althusser and Balibar, on the contrary, there is no simple unilinear time in which the development of the social formation unfolds: Or does it refer as much to other structurespolitical.