“A perceptual thing can be understood only after it has been seen, and no analysis or verbal report can take the place of this seeing.”

Marx often called his materialism a ‘practical materialism,’ by which he meant that matter enters into human life as the support and body of praxis. Matter plain and simple, exterior to man and in terms of which his behavior could be explained, is simply not at issue. Marx’s materialism is the idea that all the … Continue reading “A perceptual thing can be understood only after it has been seen, and no analysis or verbal report can take the place of this seeing.”

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Althusser: Philosophy as a Revolutionary Weapon

Written: February 1968; First Published: in L’Unità, 1968, this translation first published in New Left Review, 1971; Interview conducted by Maria Antonietta Macciocchi; Transcribed: by Andy Blunden Copied from Marxists Internet Archive 1 Can you tell us a little about your personal history? What brought you to Marxist philosophy? In 1948, when I was 30, I became a … Continue reading Althusser: Philosophy as a Revolutionary Weapon

Excerpt from Thomas J.J. Altizer’s Godhead and the Nothing

While Spinoza’s thinking dissolves all possible chaos and nothingness more purely than does any other thinking, it nevertheless calls forth a pure passivity which is its very opposite. The ancient prophets could know this passivity as apostasy, a rebellion against Yahweh, but a rebellion against Yahweh which at bottom is a submission to the world, … Continue reading Excerpt from Thomas J.J. Altizer’s Godhead and the Nothing

Class Consciousness & Struggle: An Excerpt from Settlers

The Euro-Amerikan "left" has completely mystified the question of class consciousness. They see in every labor strike, in the slightest twitch for reform, examples of proletarianism. Some "socialist scholars" (a self-awarded title, to be sure) conduct almost anthropological expeditions into the settler masses, seeing in every remembered folk song or cultural nuance some profound but … Continue reading Class Consciousness & Struggle: An Excerpt from Settlers