Dead Socialist Watch, #172

Louis Althusser, French Marxist philosopher who strangled his wife, H�l�ne Rytman, on 16 November 1980; born in Algeria, 16 October, 1918; died in Paris, 23 October, 1990. Some texts are here.

Do make sure, by the way, to read his autobiography L’avenir dure longtemps (The Future Lasts a Long Time), which is a terrific read for anyone interested in French academia, Marxist philosophy, or what it was like to be on the receiving end of electric-shock therapy in the 1950s (and, let’s face it, we’re all interested in at least one of these).

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