author={Paul Cockshott},
  journal={World Review of Political Economy},
  • P. Cockshott
  • Published 1 April 2013
  • Art
  • World Review of Political Economy
Abstract: The article reviews Althusser's Philosophy of the Encounter, examining in turn the problem of the Epistemological Break and the idea of materialisme aleatoire. It looks at Althusser's critique of the concept of commodity fetishism and suggests a possible response. It goes on to situate the materialisme aleatoire in the context of the history of atomism with particular reference to the work of Boltzmann. It provides a possible technique of both rejecting teleology whilst retaining the… 

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