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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir by Louis Althusser. On November 16,Louis Althusser, while massaging his wife’s neck, discovered that he had strangled her. The world-renowned French philosopher was immediately confined to an insane asylum where he authored this memoir–a profound yet subtle exercise in documenting madness from the inside.
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This autobiography gives his side of things.
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. Many of the details I have to ignore – such as many references to names and publications around the Paris events – but the general thrust of his relationship with Marxism and theory is In the philosopher strangled his wife. Many of the details Althuwser have to ignore – such as many references to names and publications around the Paris events – but the general thrust of his relationship with Marxism and theory is accessible.
Jun 06, Tyler rated it liked it Shelves: His work still plays a key role in sociology, continental philosophy Zizek, Butler and coeven with this book acting as the awkward elephant in the room, whenever Althusser is cited.
So one is left llasts a strange position. Should we listen to the madman who killed his wife, exaggerated his philosophical knowledge, suffered from dementia preacox and held shaky altusser Why should we listen to a Freudian, when he admitted Freud was largely impenetrable to him? And like all intellectuals, he was not infallible. He was a kind, humble, melancholic man who spent his life toiling for revolution and academic kudos.
His revolutionary goals were not achieved and his academic input is certainly still being questioned, mostly because of the impact of this book. Lassts think the correct response should be to listen to Althusser, but apply a dose of common sense and a critical lens to any of his work before tthe their value in the social sciences, and their true integrity.
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His discussion around and of French intellectuals is also interesting, we get a slight glimpse at Lacan, Foucault and Ranciere, as well as some of the political goings on in postwar France. Likewise, Althusser depicts his experience during WW2 where Althusser acted as a cowardly POW, toying with the idea of escaping, only to act remain at post. One is reminded here of the remark Sartre made about feeling the most free as a POW Dec 06, Tara rated it really liked it Shelves: The class on Althusser was being offered my first semester of graduate school.
I did not know who he was and I could not parse the course description. The course turned out to be quite controversial–I guess cause LA was also controversial. So twenty years later, after reading Marx and LA’s students- Foucault and Ranciere I did not realize was one of LA’s students until I read it in the memoir I got around to reading the theorist and wife killer. I think that my experience with psychiatry and i The class on Althusser was being offered my first semester of graduate school.
I think that my experience with psychiatry and institutions made my reading of LA’s memoir more rich. Althusser’s narrative of himself is authentic. The way he wrote about his wife and what she meant to him was some what beautiful. He always knows that he killed her, but he tells a story that tries he uses to try to explain why he did it.
But the narrative is also trying to help him understand his fears and anguish. LA clearly suffers and many times met the criteria for involuntary treatment, though he always says he wanted to go. He was voluntary and he voluntarily submitted to ECT. He says he found it helpful. Because LA wrote a memoir in that is also included with the one he wrote after he murdered his wife, both narratives can be compared. Both narratives have a consistent psychoanalytic interpretation that revolves around his mother and feeling like he really does not exist.
Both narrative emphasize his lack of sexual experience until his late 20′ or early 30’s. Both narrative pay tribute to the role his wife Helene played in his life. This is why though all narratives of self are ultimately self serving, LA post murder narrative is not so different in content.
The Future Lasts Forever by Althusser, Louis
I think the post murder narrative is more fluid and coherent. The post murder, LA describes the problems associated with being found incompetent to stand trial and long term institutionalization. He gives a good lass of the communist party in France and what is has to offer future community organizers.
Both narratives describe the people LA knew at the l’Ecole. Jan 26, Ruth rated it liked it. This is a great memoir. Even if you skip around, it is a good read. Althusser is a French philosopher who wrote about Marx yawn, now I know why I never heard of him….
He was ready to go to college right when the war began, and ended up spending five years as a p. He went to college and never left, staying as a teacher and professional until the awful end. He is a provocative, colorful person who has bouts of depression and at times a contentious relationship with his eventual victim, his wife. And, some say, the French government is soft on intellectuals. Most of this book is what he wrote the laats of years he was in a mental hospital after the murder.
He was eventually released and lived a few more years more. But never mind, there is some good stuff and there is always a minute or two when my mind gets something…And LA does explain things pretty well at points. In addition to absorbing accounts of his various depressive episodes, he spins long paragraphs describing the bad side of his relationship with his wife.
Many of his friends blamed her for being such a wretch, but he takes full responsibility for his horrible behavior.
In the end, just another miserable match, but he loved her and needed her. Until he althussre her, which he doesn’t deny. He tells a good story, and even if some of the stories cannot be fully believed, all the better.
Better than Sartre, anyway. Sep 12, gogo2go rated it liked it. This book although quite good really lasts forever. Nov 03, William West rated it liked it. This volume actually contains two autobiographical writings by Althusser written several years apart, between which lassts philosopher strangled his wife to death in a bout of madness.
The two pieces, which predictably recount many of the same events from fufure author’s life, are haunting to read next to each other. They seem to confirm Woody Allen’s pronouncement that any tale can be either a comedy or a tragedy based on the tone with which it is told.
The Future Lasts Forever: A Memoir by Louis Althusser
As he writes in the latter work, “hallucinations are facts” futuer those who experience them. The later, longer text from which the volume takes its title is an excruciating self-interrogation with nary a humorous line. At times, it is froever to take.
Some of Althusser’s complaints about his parents and upbringing just seem like so much ugly althusder. The tale becomes vastly more compelling after Althusser meets his wife Helene, who becomes a wonderfully intriguing, terribly trying character, somewhat laets, I thought, of Nicole from “Tender is the Night”.
All of the agony is broken by a few chapters, roughly in the middle of “Future”, where Althusser discusses his philosophy in a wonderfully lucid, accessible way. One senses the succor of intellectual labor for the author. It is like the fuuture adopts Althusser’s depression, and when the light of philosophy comes, it is beautiful and uplifting. The last section of “Future” comes to the conclusion that Helene’s death cannot be understood as the result of any one fact, be it objective or psychological, but was rather the overdetermined result of a althusxer of contingent factors.
In that, this book seems like a classically Althusserian meditation. Oct 06, Mr. 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.
In all honesty, I find his work to be of rather mixed value. 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 M 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.
I have found his structuralist interpretations of Capital futre 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.