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Philosophy of the Encounter : Later Writing, 1978-1987, Paperback / softback Book

Philosophy of the Encounter : Later Writing, 1978-1987 Paperback / softback

Edited by Francois Matheron


In the late 1970s and 1980s, Louis Althusser endured a period of intense mental instability during which he murdered his wife and was committed to a psychiatric hospital.

Spanning this deeply troubling period, this fourth and final volume of political and philosophical writings reveals Althusser wrestling in a creative and unorthodox fashion with a whole series of theoretical problems to produce some of his very finest work.

In his profound exploration of questions of determinism and contingency, Althusser developed a "philosophy of the encounter," which he links to a hidden and subterranean tradition in the history of Western thought which stretches from Epicurus through Spinoza and Machiavelli to Marx, Derrida and Heidegger.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 350 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9781844675531

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