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The Ecclesiastical Eloquence Of Louis Althusser

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This chapter discusses the appeal of 'ecclesiastical eloquence', Louis Althusser's passing over of religion. The author argues that the form of Althusser's rejection of religion is not so much in terms of theology or the Bible, but of the Church with which Althusser had a lingering connection after many years of involvement and religious commitment. The chapter traces the residues of the Church in some of Althusser's most influential work. It further investigates two elements of a possible materialist philosophy: ideology and myth. Althusser's work is not merely the residue of the Church in his later work, not merely that some of his major contributions cannot be thought without theology, but that he also provides the logical possibility and seeds of a materialist philosophy of religion.

Keywords: ecclesiastical eloquence; ideology; Louis Althusser; myth



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