By Agon Hamza
Agon Hamza deals an in-depth research of the most thesis of Louis Althusser’s philosophical firm along a transparent, attractive dissection of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s most crucial movies. there's a philosophical, non secular, and political dating among Althusser’s philosophy and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s movies. Hamza teases out the issues of touch, putting particular specialise in evaluations of ideology, faith, ideological kingdom apparatuses, and the category fight. The dialogue, in spite of the fact that, doesn't tackle Althusser and Pasolini by myself. Hamza additionally attracts on Spinoza, Hegel, Marx, and Žižek to accomplish his research. Pasolini’s movies are a treasure-trove of Althusserian concept, and Hamza ably employs Althusserian phrases in his interpreting of the flicks. Althusser and Pasolini offers an inventive reconstruction of Althusserian philosophy, in addition to a unique exam of Pasolini’s movie from the viewpoint of the filmmaker’s personal inspiration and Althusser’s theses.
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In a sense, “process without a subject” opens up a double space: (a) for rethinking the theory of the subject in Marxist philosophy and (b) for rethinking the relation between Marx and Hegel, in a nonteleological fashion. However, at the same time, Althusser abruptly closes up this possibility by qualifying the subject as an idealist concept. It is worth noting that his thesis on the process without a subject, which is intended to elaborate an anti-Hegelian position, comes as close as possible to the very Hegelian conception of the subject qua substance.
7 How are we to understand this? , as possessing a type of unity quite different from the type of unity of the spiritual8 whole, this is no longer the case: not only does it become impossible to think the determination of the elements by the structure in the categories of analytical and transitive causality, it also becomes impossible to think it in the category of the global expressive causality of a universal inner essence immanent in its phenomenon. ”10 However, the theory of causality, or the question of causality as such, is very important for any theory of history.
It should be understood as following: every capitalist society is, “in the last instance,” determined by the economic base (or instance); however, this very structural relation is then “overdetermined” by yet another instance. The concept of determination and overdetermination are inspired by the writings of the Chinese revolutionary Mao TseTung. ” However, the type of the contradiction that is of interest to Althusser is another one. Mao distinguishes between the principal contradiction and the principal aspect of a contradiction.
Althusser and Pasolini: Philosophy, Marxism, and Film by Agon Hamza