The Future Lasts Forever has ratings and 14 reviews. Abailart said: In the philosopher strangled his wife. After a lifetime of mental illness, h. BOOK REVIEW / The philosopher emperor who had no clothes: ‘The Future Lasts a Long Time’ – Louis Althusser; trs Richard Veasey: Chatto. In a curiously lucid and compelling narrative, Althusser (), a distinguished neo-Marxist French intellectual, explains his life.

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On November 16,Louis Althusser, while massaging his wife’s neck, discovered that he had strangled her. It referred to my uncle, the man who stood behind me: Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. This is just the kind of joke, Johnson surmises, that brilliant Ecole Normale students like to make about never having to study.

Born inLouis Althusser was one of the most influential French thinkers of the post-war period. In addition, aspects of Althusser’s project have served as inspiration for Analytic Marxism as well as for Critical Realism.

So one is left in a strange position. He is a provocative, colorful person who has bouts of depression and at times a contentious relationship with his eventual victim, his wife.

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Savas rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Nov 03, William West rated it liked it. I am or so pages in, and promise you it’s a fascinating read.


By this stage of his book he is discussing his philosophy. Those who knew Althusser understood that whatever fit of madness induced him to strangle Helene was not brought on by the world of politics. Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you.

The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir

He was named after his mother’s great love, Althusser; when Louis futurw at Verdun in World War I, Althusser’s mother would marry Louis’ brother, Charles, and name their son for the dead love. Please provide an email address. 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 Marx suffer from the kind of overwrought intellectualizing that was fashionable at the time.

This is the book that is a very honest account of these miseries. 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. The motive is uncertain, but about Althusser’s depressions there’s no confusion: Astley Book Farm Published: Please create a new list with a new name; move some items to a new or existing list; or delete some items.


Althusser, calling himself a “missing person,” claims to be writing his memoir from this “non-place. A Memoir by Louis Althusser. Jan 26, Ruth rated it liked it. It is like the reader adopts Althusser’s depression, and when the light of philosophy comes, it is beautiful and uplifting. You already recently rated this item. Althusser’s narrative of himself is authentic.

Luke Revel-Burroughes rated it really liked it Aug 03, The New Press, Althusser is a French philosopher fhture wrote about Marx yawn, now I know why I never heard of him….

He was voluntary and he voluntarily submitted to ECT. He writes buried alive. In addition to absorbing accounts of his various depressive episodes, he spins long paragraphs describing the bad side of his relationship with his wife.

The future lasts forever : a memoir

Better forevver Sartre, anyway. A Memoir” University of Chicago. He gives a good analysis of the communist party in France and what is has to offer future community organizers.