Archive for July 7th, 2009

In the fifth part of his 7-part blog, Critchley examines the mood that serves to reveal “the self in stark profile for the first time”: anxiety (Angst), which Heidegger calls a basic or fundamental mood (Grundstimmung).

Critchley continues:

“Anxiety makes its appearance in Division 1, Chapter 6, where Heidegger is seeking to define the being of Dasein as what he calls “care” (Sorge). It would take many more blog entries than I have at my disposal to lay out in adequate detail the structure and meaning of care. But we can get more than a hint by looking at anxiety.”

Read Being and Time, part 5: Anxiety in full here at Guardian Cif belief.

Simon Critchley is the author of Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity: Derrida, Levinas and Contemporary Thought – part of  set 4 of our Radical Thinkers series.

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The second Radical Thinkers question relates to Althusser and Balibar’s landmark of French thought: Reading Capital, which is no less than an attempt to topple the edifice of Western Marxism and rebuild it from the original foundations.

Establishing a rigorous programme of “symptomatic reading” that cuts through the silences and lacunae of Capital to reveal its philosophical core, Louis Althusser interprets Marx’s structural analysis of production as a revolutionary break — the basis of a completely new science. Building on a series of Althusser’s conceptual innovations that includes “overdetermination” and “social formation,” Étienne Balibar explores the historical and structural facets of production as Marx understood them, scrutinizing many of the most fundamental points in Capital, as though for the first time. Verso 9781844673476 Reading Capital small

The second question in our Radical Thinkers giveaway competition is:

Jacques Rancière famously broke with the thought of Louis Althusser in which essay?


Entry to the competition for Radical Thinkers question 2  is now closed! The answer is:

La Leçon d’Althusser

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