The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir. Louis Althusser, Author, Richard Veasey, Translator New Press $25 (p) ISBN In a curiously lucid and compelling narrative, Althusser (), a distinguished neo-Marxist French intellectual, explains his life. The Future Lasts. Forever:The Failure of Auto-Redemption. Catherine A. Poisson. On the 16th of November, , the French philosopher,. Louis Althusser.

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The class on Althusser was being offered my first semester of graduate school. Be the first to ask a question about The Future Lasts Forever. I have found his structuralist interpretations of Capital to be extremely insightful, as well as his work on Marx’s ‘epistemological break,’ though his Freudian and Lacanian readings of Althuxser Althusser became one of the most respected and interesting philosophers of Marxism in France during the ‘s and 60’s, which is no small accomplishment considering the fact that practically every intellectual was writing about Marx at the same time.

Frank Dimarco rated it really liked it Jul 01, One senses the succor of intellectual labor for the author. Althusser traces a bizarre emotional choreography of alternating compliance and rebellion, seeing his immensely influential philosophy as a working out of childhood problems, with a subsequent fear of exposure as a fraud. Some of Althusser’s complaints about his parents and upbringing just seem like so much ugly self-pity. But the narrative is also trying to help him understand his fears and anguish.


Luke Revel-Burroughes rated it really liked it Aug 03, I am referring to myself personally as an individual and not as a philosopher- in relation to my mad desire to love, of which I felt, knew even i was incapable. Sep 12, gogo2go rated it liked it. Both narrative emphasize his lack of sexual experience until his late 20′ or early 30’s.

The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir

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All of the agony is broken by a few chapters, roughly in the middle of lastz, where Althusser discusses his philosophy in a wonderfully lucid, accessible way. A clean, unmarked and unclipped copy in a Brodart jacket cover. The tale becomes vastly more compelling after Althusser meets his wife Helene, who becomes a wonderfully intriguing, terribly trying character, somewhat reminiscent, I thought, of Nicole from “Tender is the Night”.

The Future Lasts Forever by Althusser, Louis

In addition, aspects of Althusser’s project have served as inspiration for Analytic Marxism as well as for Critical Realism. At times, it is hard to take. Althusser is a brilliant close reader of his given name: In the philosopher strangled his wife. Yes, the future lasts a long time. Marcelo Troysi rated it it was amazing Mar 22, What I feared above all was scheming women Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Trivia About The Future Lasts Those who futude Althusser understood that whatever fit of madness induced him to strangle Helene was not brought on by the world of politics.


Jan 26, Ruth rated it liked it. My mother’s love, directed through me to someone who was dead, made it impossible for me to exist in my own right.

His work still plays a key role in sociology, continental philosophy Zizek, Butler and co althuaser, even with this book acting as the awkward elephant in the room, whenever Althusser is cited. He tells a good story, and even vuture some of the stories cannot be fully believed, all the better. Due to apparent reversals in his theoretical positions, to the ill-fated facts of Louis Pierre Althusser — was one of allthusser most influential Marxist philosophers of the 20th Century.

In all honesty, I find his work to be of rather mixed value. What makes Biblio different? As a person deemed unfit to plead, he lost his right to a trial–that is the right to testify and be held responsible for his actions; he lost his right to enter into contract his affairs would be handled by a legal guardian and hence by extension–at least symbolically–his signature, his authorship.