In 1980, at the end of the most intensely political period of his work and life, Louis Althusser penned Philosophy for Non-philosophers. Available here for the first time in English, Philosophy for Non-philosophers constitutes a rigorous and engaged attempt to address a wide reading public unfamiliar with Althusser's project. As such, the work is a concentration of the most fundamental theses of Althusser's own ideas, and presents a synthesis of his sprawling and disparate philosophical and political writings. Nowhere else does Althusser push the distinction between philosophy and other disciplines as far, or develop in such detail the concept of `practice'.
Rather than a work of `popular philosophy', Philosophy for Non-philosophers is a continuation and conglomeration of Althusser's thought; a thought whose radicality is still perceptible in those that have followed since. Philosophy for Non-philosophers thus provides a vivid encapsulation of Althusser's seminal influence on the leading thinkers of today, including Ranciere, Badiou, Balibar, and Zizek.
Louis Althusser was a prominent French philosopher of the late twentieth century. His works include seminal writings on Marx, and the relation between post-war Marxist thought and other emerging discourses across the humanities (namely, structuralism). His works include, For Marx and Reading Capital. G. M. Goshgarian translates fiction and philosophy from French, German and Armenian into English. He is the editor and translator of several volumes of Althusser's work, including How to Be a Marxist in Philosophy (Bloomsbury, 2017).
Acknowledgments Introduction by Warren Montag Note on the text by G.M. Goshgarian Philosophy for Non-Philosophers 1. What Non-philosophers Say 2. Philosophy and Religion The Big Detour 3. Abstraction 4. Technical Abstraction and Scientific Abstraction 5. Philosophical Abstraction 6. The Myth of the State of Nature 7. What is Practice? 8. The Practice of Production 9. Scientific Practice and Idealism 10. Scientific Practice and Materialism 11. Ideological Practice 12. The Ideological State Apparatuses 13. Political Practice 14. Psychoanalytic Practice 15. Artistic Practice 16. Philosophical Practice 17. Dominant Ideology and Philosophy 18. Philosophy as Theoretical Laboratory 19. Ideology and Philosophy 20. Philosophy and the Science of Class Struggle 21. A New Practice of Philosophy 22. The Dialectic: Laws or Theses? Notes Index