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Marxism as a Finite Theory (1978)

Marxism as a Finite Theory (1978)

I believe that Marx­ist the­o­ry is “finite,” lim­it­ed: that it is lim­it­ed to the analy­sis of the cap­i­tal­ist mode of pro­duc­tion, and of its con­tra­dic­to­ry ten­den­cy, which opens up the pos­si­bil­i­ty of the tran­si­tion to the abo­li­tion of cap­i­tal­ism and its replace­ment by “some­thing else” which already appears implic­it­ly in cap­i­tal­ist soci­ety.

Crisis Theory

Crisis Theory

In 1977 Louis Althuss­er gave a famous speech in Venice on “the cri­sis of Marx­ism,” a the­sis almost as scan­dalous as that of an epis­te­mo­log­i­cal break in Marx’s thought.