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 No.6162

This is part of the reading series we're doing in the Continental Floppa reading group formerly the anti-Anglo reading group. The plan is to read 1 chapter per week (breaking up chapter 3 into the 3 lectures). This is a selection of lectures and essays by Louis Althusser on the topics of philosophy relative to science and politics. This thread is for discussion and to invite people to the reading group, which can be found here https://matrix.to/#/!mjlMGagFTDhvgxMWhY:matrix.org/

Our schedule has recently changed. We now discuss on Sundays.
UTC (UTC +0) 19:00 (5pm) Universal time
EDT (UTC -4) 15:00 (3pm) Eastern US (daylight savings time)
CEST (UTC +2) 21:00 (7pm) Central Europe (summer time)

The next session will be Sunday 27th June, covering essay 1:
Theory, Theoretical Practice and Theoretical Formation: Ideology and Ideological Struggle
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 No.6163

<Transcriber's Note – The following collection of essays span the period 1965-1978 and give expression to what some might characterize as a "right-ward drift" in certain of Althusser's political and ideological positions. Two of the seven essays listed in the table of contents below appear in other collections of this site and are not reproduced here.
Here are external links to these essays.

#4 Lenin and Philosophy which can be found here
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/althusser/1968/lenin-philosophy.htm
#5 Is it Simple to be a Marxist in Philosophy?
http://www.marx2mao.com/Other/ESC76ii.html#s3
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 No.6166

>>6162
I didn't expect a good take on dialectical materialism when I was a few pages in. After a while, I really liked what he was saying and I think it's a very coherent exposition of the topic.

Internet marxists hyperfocus on geopolitics and economics. But if we are to be a bastion of anti-liberal leftism, a proper revolutionary philosophy of science is needed.

Capitalism has changed a lot since Marx's time, and while the fundamentals of Capital (the book) are crucial to understand modern economics, a good philosophy of science is necessary to navigate the qualitative changes that have occurred since Marx's time. This includes avoiding dogmatism in the interpretation of Marxism as it pertains to contemporary capitalism, which many MLs engage in.

I've said before that I disagree that dialectical materialism and historical materialism were different things. Althusser has changed my mind and I like his interpretation. If I ever get asked what diamat or histmat is, I'll try to incorporate some of his ideas.

Our book club has been somewhat focused on marxist philosophy of science, I'm glad we're back with this text.
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 No.6167

I'm looking forward to this. Is there any prerequisite reading for this?
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 No.6171

Althusser in my experience is preddy good. Ive been loving the reading so far
Reminds me of Martha Harnecker, but thats because she studied under him in France while doing her university degree
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 No.6172

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 No.6173

This is mainly a historical question, but why is philosophy of science so dominated by the analytical school?
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 No.6195

LISTEN HERE YOU FUCKERS IM GOING THROUGH ALMOST 48 STRAIGHT HOURS OF FLIGHT AND IM GONNA PUSH THRU JET LAG IN ORDER TO MAKE IT I HOPE YALL MAKE IT FOR YOUR OWN SAKES
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 No.6206

>>6195
I'll be there.
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 No.6211

Today's session on the first essay is today.
It's in about 3 1/2 hours from the time of this post, to remind people. 19 UTC. If you're not already in the call room, make sure to post in the main chat so we can invite you.
Main chat: https://matrix.to/#/!mjlMGagFTDhvgxMWhY:matrix.org/
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 No.6213

Everyone -

I think I might be a little late and I really only want to listen, but I thought I'd post a question to potentially start a discussion:

On p. 12:

"We have some striking examples with the so-called human
sciences, which are all too often merely techniques, blocked in their development by the
empiricist ideology that dominates them, prevents them from perceiving their real foundation,
defining their object, or even finding their basic principles in existing disciplines which are
rejected because of ideological prohibitions or prejudices (like historical materialism, which
should serve as the foundation of most of the human sciences)."

In which way is modern day sociology inhibited by empiricist ideology? Does empiricist ideology inhibit the progress of other scientific disciplines?
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 No.6214

The meeting is starting now!

If you want to join in, do it now!
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 No.6215

protip: dont fucking book hostels with shitty internet just because youre in a rush
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 No.6225

>>6162
Shit really enjoyed reading on the reproduction of capitalism, althusser is tight
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 No.6278

REMINDER
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 No.6380

File: 1625869603113.pdf (8.96 MB, 197x300, Elliot (ed) – Philosophy &….pdf)

Elliot (ed) – Philosophy & the Spontaneous Philosophy of the Scientists & Other Essays (Verso, 1990/2011)

Book Scan w/ bookmarks & linked TOC [index unlinked]
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 No.6385

File: 1625948638847.pdf (4.46 MB, 67x118, Philosophie et philosophie….pdf)

French edition if anyone cares. [Bookmarked; no links]
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 No.6577

Is the full list of this decided/available somewhere? Would love to do the reading but unfortunately don't have much time for discussion. Looking for stuff to share with my local org
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 No.6650

File: 1627673594012.pdf (151.98 KB, 200x300, Turchetto – Althusser & Mo….pdf)

Turchetto – Althusser & Monod. A 'New Alliance'? (Historical Materialism 17.3, 2009: 61-79)
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 No.6651

>>6577
We are currently doing a thing where everybody takes turns suggesting reading. The next text hasn't been decided yet.

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