Althusser's View of the Place of Ethics in Marx's Thought
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The Social Science Journal
Karl Marx's social theory has often been thought to raise ethical questions at the outset. Yet many economists and social scientists believe social theory should be value-free and positive. Louis Althusser takes this view in arguing against the humanist interpretation of Marx. He advances a theory of reading for interpretation of Marx, and concludes that the “problematic” of Marx's later thought—as it arises from Marx's own distinctive philosophy—is inconsistent with the humanist interpretation. The article argues against this reading via this same philosophy, and defends a revised humanist view of Marx.