This major voice in French philosophy presents a classic study of how particular political and cultural ideas come to dominate society. Spanning the years 1964 to 1973, On Ideology contains the seminal text, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus” (1970), which revolutionized the concept of subject formation. In “Reply to John Lewis” (1972–73), Althusser addressed the criticisms of the English Marxist toward On Marx and Reading Capital. Also included are “Freud and Lacan” (1964) and “A Letter on Art in Reply to André Daspre” (1966).
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Notes towards an Investigation
Reply to John Lewis
Freud and Lacan
A Letter on Art in Reply to André Daspre
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abstract analysis apparatus base beginning bourgeois bourgeoisie break called Capital capitalist class struggle clear Communist concepts concerned concrete constitutive critical critique culture defend determination dominant economic effects essential example existence exploitation express fact field forced formations Freud function give human idea Ideological State Apparatuses ideology imaginary important individuals International ISAs John Lewis knowledge labour language last instance Lenin lived Marx Marx’s Marxist masses material means Movement nature never object organic Party personality philosophy point of view political positions possible practice precisely present principle problems proletarian psycho-analysis pure question reality recognized relations of production Repressive reproduction revolutionary ruling class scientific Second sense simply social society speak structure talk theoretical theory Thesis things thought transcendence true unconscious understand whole