Re: (OPE-L) Derrida

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Fri Nov 12 2004 - 11:43:29 EST

At 9:28 AM -0500 11/12/04, Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM wrote:
>Thanks Ajit.  I tried searching for that interview on the Net,
>but so far no luck.  I did come across an informative essay
>in which Derrida's position on Marx and Marxism (especially
>'open marxism') is discussed.  See Pradip Basu's
>"Postmodernism -- an Enemy of Marxism?" at
>In solidarity, Jerry
>PS: on  Michael Sprinkler, deceased, see
>>  I think he is referring to an Interview with Michael
>>  Sprinker, which was published in a book edited by him.
>>  I don't remember the title of the book now. Actually,
>>  if I remember it correctly, in that interview Derrida
>>  had said that Althusser and the Althusserians were the
>>  only Marxists he could have a conversation with, rest
>>  of the Marxists he characterised as "retards"! Cheers,

I don't have my own copy of this book. But I think this interview is
in the Althusserian Legacy, ed. Michael Sprinker and E.Ann Kaplan.
Derrida and others comment on Derrida's comments in The Althusserian
Legacy in the anthology of essays  on Derrida's  Specters entitled
Ghostly Demarcations, also edited by Michael Sprinker. There is
another anthology on Althusser, ed. Gregory Elliot.
The two most cited works on Althusser of which I know are Gregory Elliot's
The Detour of Theory and Robert Paul Resch's Althusser and the Renewal of
Social Theory. Althusser's conception of the capitalist mode of production
as an authorless theatre is implicitly contested, it was pointed out to
me, in Ranciere's The Philosophy and the Poor. Other Althusserian conceptions
are explicitly contested. See also Timothy O'Hagan's piece on
Althusser in Marx and Marxism, ed. GHR Parkinson. My favorite
Althusser essays: the rather simple essay on the difficulties of
theoretical practice and (from what I can tell) the totally neglected
(simple yet devastating) critique of Jacques Monod to whose
existentialism I was attracted. These essays are in his book titled
something like the Spontaneous Ideology. John Mepham of course
attempted to develop the Althusserian theory of ideology and defend
his anti humanist conceptions in the early pages of Radical
Philosophy. I think these very important efforts as well. And of
course Althusser has been developed by Wolff and Resnick (and their


>  > > Does anyone know where and when the interview with
>>  > Derrida in
>>  > which, according to Callincos, he said that "he was
>>  > intimidated by
>>  > the dogmatism of Althusser and his pupils" was
>>  > published?

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