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[Xmca-l] Re: Althusser's ideas of consciousness



Paul, 
Your pointing out that you do not care about an authors marriage details  or  suicide opens a further question. 

Does the relation between an author’s ideas and the author’s personal relationships have relevance for holding up the authors point of view as exemplary?
Ghandi is an example. Saving India but a very asymmetrical marriage 
Heidegger is another example and his not focusing on the process of *mitsein* (being with). Gadamer answering this lack.

Andy pointing out collaboration being understood as  archetype of marriage.
Now marriage has many differing images and itself has no con/sensus.
However, it is a personal relation.

An open question.







The phrase “the personal is political”.




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From: Dr. Paul C. Mocombe
Sent: April 25, 2016 4:42 AM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity; ablunden@mira.net
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Althusser's ideas of consciousness


    
Annalisa,
Yes, on the parallel between activity theory and structurationism.  Yes althusser's structural marxism has been attacked on the issue of agency.  I think unfairly, however.  It's the same issues raised against Immanuel wallersteins's world-system model.
As for his personal relationship with his wife and suicide, I really do not care about those things.


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From: Annalisa Aguilar <annalisa@unm.edu> 
Date: 4/24/2016  9:19 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>, ablunden@mira.net 
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Althusser's ideas of consciousness 

Hi Paul,

So then ideas OF consciousness, as you are using the word, has to do with activity. If I am understanding you correctly, would this correspond with activity theory, if activity is that which develops mind?

Interpellates is a new word for me, and seems to be, for althusser, a particular manifestation of activity which develops and specifically reproduces political being, in the sense, I imagine, of carrying an ideology like a virus or meme from individual to individual, group to group. In althusser's sensibility, this is pressed into being by the state upon members of the society, in a totalitarian sense, it seems, which means we can never be free, it seems. 

Do I have that correctly?

If that is correct, then what is althusser's idea OF freedom. Also, althusser had a troubled past with his wife, did he not? so I'm not clear how the personal is political in his case. Or rather the personal connected to the political, maybe is a better way to frame it. 

Is it possible to post to the list those Fraser and Fanon texts? I no longer have the open access to journal texts I used to have.

Also, to those reading my longer posts, I hope they have not been oppressive, or inflammatory, but responsive and inclusive, as that is how I have intended them, even if I've been critical. Sometimes the apparatus of emails and listservs do not translate well, and also the nature of posts on elections can be read so swiftly due to the emotional content they carry, that intended meanings can be easily lost. 

I feel that it has been overall a positive and honest exchange, though it would be great to have more people participate. I'm grateful to everyone who has spoken up thus far and made their contributions. 

Kind regards,

Annalisa