<i>Materia</i> in the Critique of Autonomy

Jacques Lezra

in Wild Materialism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232352
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235889 | DOI:
Materia in the Critique of Autonomy

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This chapter studies the way that the Idealist philosophical tradition imagines the emergence of philosophical concepts. It discusses the work of Louis Althusser, for whom the question takes shape at the nexus of a particularly rich set of problems: how to imagine historical events (including the appearing of a concept) outside the Hegelian “absorption of the e -vent by the notion of Ad -vent”. “Materia in the Critique of Autonomy” shows that Althusser's account of the emergence and circulation of concepts entails a dramatic redefinition of the term: concepts (for example, the concept of the common good or the concept of sovereignty) are no longer (as in Immanuel Kant) raepresentationes comunes but emerge as nonrepresentational expressions, in line with a specifically literary materialism which the chapter finds in and sketches through the highly overdetermined encounter between Karl Marx and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel on the nature of the state.

Keywords: Louis Althusser; Materia; concepts; Immanuel Kant; materialism; Karl Marx; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; nature; state

Chapter.  17873 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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