Since the conjuncture that marked the reception of Althusser’s works, it has become clearer that the the initial Anglophone interpretation of Althusser involved considerable conceptual mistranslation, and his texts have since then been cursed by a reputation which powerfully precedes the reading.
In this recent essay, by Richard Seymour and originally published on his Patreon reflects on Hélène Rytman, the wife of Louis Althusser, and the place of her killing in the reception of Althusser's life and work.
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Louis Althusser did not often given television interviews. A rare exception was his April 1980 appearance on the Italian Radio Television (RAI) program Multimedia Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences. Below is a transcript of his conversation with host Renato Parascandolo, translated by Ron Salaj.