[OPE-L:1634] Re: Re: Re: Re: Althusser and Hegel

Subject: [OPE-L:1634] Re: Re: Re: Re: Althusser and Hegel
From: Ajit Sinha (ajitsinha@lbsnaa.ernet.in)
Date: Wed Nov 03 1999 - 00:20:31 EST

Thanks for the information. Cheers, ajit sinha
C. J. Arthur wrote:

> >C. J. Arthur wrote:
> >
> >> Re: Althusser & Hegel.
> >> Those debating on this thread appear not to know that Althusser did indeed
> >> make a serious study of Hegel, writing a dissertation on him that was
> >> published not too long ago by Verso. There are several astonishing things
> >> about this. First it is an excellent book on Hegel, especially considering
> >> its early date. Second how come after making such a serious study he was so
> >> crudely dismissive of hegel later. Third - throughout this work Althusser
> >> wrote explicitly as a humanist Marxist. Thus the later anti-huanism is a
> >> self-criticism.
> >> Comradely Chris Arthur
> >
> >_______________
> >
> >Chris, I have not seen Althusser's book on Hegel. Can you give me
> >the details. Of
> >course, i knew that Althusser was knowledgeable about Hegel. And
> >he did not dismiss
> >Hegel completely. He gave Hegel credit for Marx's central idea of
> >'history without
> >a subject'. Cheers, ajit sinha
> >
> >>
> L. Althusser *The Spectre of Hegel* ed. F. matheron, Verso (london and NY) 1997
> The catchpenny title is of course Verso's. It contains early stuff by LA;
> and ch.2 - by far the largest - is the Hegel thing whose proper title is
> 'On Content in the Thought of G. W. F. Hegel'. It was written as an MA
> dissertation in 1947.
> At 133 pp, practically a doctorate I would have thought!
> My only complaint is that (like Engels) he says " Hegel starts from
> nothing" - which is simply false, he starts from "Being"; although in some
> deeper sense there is an insight here. For the first "concrete concept" is
> "Becoming" which is glossed in the final result as "Absolute Negativity"
> which I think is the beginning and end of Hegel.
> Of course "Nothing' was all the rage then among the sub-Heideggerians,
> Sartre, Hyppolite et al.
> P. S. Please note that I have a new Email address,
> <cjarthur@waitrose.com>
> but the old one will also run until next summer. (To be doubly sure load both!)

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