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 >http://www.angelfire.com/ar/views/#Pradip > >In solidarity, Jerry > >PS: on Michael Sprinkler, deceased, see >http://theminnesotareview.org/ns58/intro.htm > > >> 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 students). rb > > > 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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