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Reading Capital

Reading Capital
Cover of the French edition
Author Louis Althusser, Étienne Balibar, Roger Establet, Jacques Rancière, Pierre Macherey
Original title Lire le Capital
Translator Ben Brewster
Country France
Language French
Subject Philosophy
  • 1965 (François Maspero)
  • 1970 (in English)
Media type Print

Reading Capital (French: Lire le Capital) is a 1965 work of Marxist philosophy by Louis Althusser, Étienne Balibar, Roger Establet, Jacques Rancière, and Pierre Macherey.


  • Summary 1
  • Reception 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Althusser and his co-writers attempt to analyse Marx's Das Kapital in a scientific manner, and give an account of its underlying philosophy.[1]


The book caused a sensation in French intellectual circles, and attracted a large international readership.[2] The abridged English translation, which includes only Althusser and Balibar's contributions,[3] was published in 1970, and helped shape the development of Marxist thought in the English-speaking world throughout the 1970s.[2]


  1. ^ McLellan, David (1995). The Thought of Karl Marx: An Introduction. London: Papermac. p. 264.  
  2. ^ a b Levine, Andrew (1999). Audi, Robert, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 23.  
  3. ^ Scruton, Roger (1985). Thinkers of the New Left. Harlow: Longman Group Limited. p. 218.  

External links

  • How to read Marx's Capital
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