Friday, September 5, 2014

Thoughts of the Day #157/2014: Louis Althusser + Sanhedrin (1)

Louis Althusser 

"Instead of thinking contingency as a modality of necessity, or an exception to it, we must think necessity as the becoming-necessary of the encounter of contingencies.

My intention, here, is to insist on the existence of a materialist tradition that has not been recognized by the history of philosophy. That of Democritus, Epicurus, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx and Heidegger, together with the categories that they defended: the void, the limit, the margin, the absence of a centre, the displacement of the centre to the margin (and vice versa), and freedom. 

A materialism of the encounter, of contingency - in sum, of the aleatory, which is opposed even to the materialisms that has been recognized as such, including that commonly attributed to Marx, Engels and Lenin, which, like every other materialism of the rationalist tradition, is a materialism of necesstiy and teleology, that is, a disguised form of idealism.

It is clearly because it represented a danger that the philosophical tradition has interpreted it and deflected it towards an idealism of freedom ..." 

Louis Althusser,   Philosophy  and Marxism
(Interview with Fernanda Navarro 1985) 


(Keiji Haino, Yoshida Tatsuya, Nasuno Mitsuru)
 20-3-2014 @Compass