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History and Event: From Marxism to Contemporary French Theory

Nathan Coombs


This book challenges the use of the terms 'history' and 'event' to register the shift from historical necessity in Marxism to contingent events in contemporary philosophy. It argues both classical Marxism and a strand of French theory after Louis Althusser understand history and event not as binary opposites but as a complementary pair. For Marxism, the fusion is accomplished by Hegelian dialectics and the idea of quantity to quality leaps. After Althusser, epistemological breaks in science provide the model for thinking revolutions as discontinuous with the status quo. Through critical readin ... More

Keywords: Philosophy, Politics, Marxism, Events, Marx, Hegel, Lenin, Althusser, Badiou, Complexity theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748698998
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan Coombs, author
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh