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In ‘Thinking Beyond the Lockdown’, 1 Panagiotis Sotiris has provided a critical analysis of the Covid-19 pandemic, covering its pathogenesis, sociology and the implications for socialist strategy. His essay (and, with added emphasis, his social-media posts) draws a line in the sand: lockdowns

In: Historical Materialism
In A Philosophy for Communism: Rethinking Althusser Panagiotis Sotiris attempts a reading of the work of the French philosopher centered upon his deeply political conception of philosophy. Althusser’s endeavour is presented as a quest for a new practice of philosophy that would enable a new practice of politics for communism, in opposition to idealism and teleology. The central point is that in his trajectory from the crucial interventions of the 1960s to the texts on aleatory materialism, Althusser remained a communist in philosophy. This is based upon a reading of the tensions and dynamics running through Althusser’s work and his dialogue with other thinkers. Particular attention is paid to crucial texts by Althusser that remained unpublished until relatively recently.

Shortlisted for the Deutscher Memorial Prize 2021.
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In 2010 Greece entered a period of extreme austerity measures, but also of intense struggles and protests. Social and political crisis led to tectonic shifts in the political landscape and the rise to power of SYRIZA. However, despite the impressive expression of resistance in the 2015 referendum, the EU-IMF-ECB ‘Troika’ managed to impose the continuation of the same politics of austerity, privatisations, and neoliberal reforms.

This social and political sequence poses important theoretical and analytical questions regarding capitalist crisis, public debt, European integration, political crisis, the new forms of protest and social movements, and the rise of neo-fascist parties. It also brings forward all the open questions regarding radical left-wing strategy today. The contributions in this volume attempt from different perspectives to deal with some of these theoretical and strategic questions using the Greek experience as a case study.

Contributors include: George Economakis, Stavros Mavroudeas, Ioannis Zisimopoulos, Alexios Anastasiadis, Maria Markaki, George Androulakis, Despina Paraskeva-Veloudogianni, Eirini Gaitanou, Alexandros Chrysis, Euclid Tsakalotos, Spyros Sakellaropoulos, Panagiotis Sotiris, Giannis Kouzis, Yiorgos Vassalos, Christos Laskos, Angelos Kontogiannis-Mandros.

On the occasion of the publication of the translation of Pierre Raymond’s text on Althusser’s materialism, we attempt an introduction to his theoretical trajectory. We begin with his conception of the conflict between materialism and idealism in Le passage au matérialisme in 1973 and his thinking on the question of the history of sciences in L’histoire & les sciences (1975), before turning our attention to his elaboration on the question of a history of mathematics and in particular of the emergence of probabilistic reasoning. Then we examine his confrontation with the question of the relation between materialism and dialectics in Matérialisme dialectique et logique. After that, we proceed to his conception of the need to break with any form of teleology and finalism as the starting point for a new conception of causality (La résistible fatalité de l’histoire of 1982), before looking at Dissiper la terreur et les ténèbres of 1992 and his attempt to rethink the question of practical reason. It is in light of the above presentation that we insist on the importance of Raymond’s text on Althusser.

In: Historical Materialism

The relation between structure and conjuncture has been one of the biggest challenges facing social theory and Louis Althusser’s writings provide some of the most important interventions on this subject. Contrary to an image of Althusser first embracing and then abandoning structuralism, Althusser tried from the beginning to articulate the theory of structural causality with an insistence on the singularity of historical conjunctures. Althusser’s theoretical trajectory, despite his shortcomings, still offers a necessary starting point for a materialist conception of the relation between structural and conjunctural determinations that stresses the complex, uneven and overdetermined character of social reality without resorting either to a ‘surface phenomena/deep structures’ dualism or to the empiricism of simply registering singular practices.

In: Historical Materialism

. Sakellaropoulos Spyros and Panagiotis Sotiris 2014, ‘Postcards from the Future: The Greek Debt Crisis, the Struggle against the EU - IMF Austerity Package and the Open Questions for Left Strategy’, Constellations , 21, 2: 262–73. Roggero, Gigi 2010, ‘Five Theses on the Common

In: Crisis, Movement, Strategy: The Greek Experience

. Sakellaropoulos Spyros and Panagiotis Sotiris 2014, ‘Postcards from the Future: The Greek Debt Crisis, the Struggle against the EU - IMF Austerity Package and the Open Questions for Left Strategy’, Constellations , 21, 2: 262–73. Roggero, Gigi 2010, ‘Five Theses on the Common’, Rethinking Marxism 22:3, 357

In: Crisis, Movement, Strategy: The Greek Experience

© koninklijke brill nv, leiden, 2016 | doi: 10.1163/9789004291553_012 chapter 10 From the ‘Hidden God’ to theMaterialism of the Encounter: Althusser and Pascal Panagiotis Sotiris 1 Althusser in Captivity, or the Agony of Faith In October 1943, a few days after resuming writing his diary of

In: Althusser and Theology

: Verso. Psarras, Dimitris 2014, The Rise of the Neo-Nazi Party ‘Golden Dawn’ in Greece: Neo-Nazi Mobilization in the Wake of the Crisis , Brussels: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Sakellaropoulos, Spyros and Panagiotis Sotiris 2014, ‘Postcards from the Future: The

In: Crisis, Movement, Strategy: The Greek Experience

. Stenfors, N. Teles, and L. Vatikiotis. 2012, Crisis in the Eurozone , London: Verso. Psarras, Dimitris 2014, The Rise of the Neo-Nazi Party ‘Golden Dawn’ in Greece: Neo-Nazi Mobilization in the Wake of the Crisis , Brussels: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Sakellaropoulos, Spyros and Panagiotis Sotiris 2014

In: Crisis, Movement, Strategy: The Greek Experience