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This front matter section on this Politics and Philosophy on historical materialism book series contains the Table of Contents. This is followed by foreword and the preface of the author, Louis Althusser. Louis Althusser's interest over several decades in the history of 'political philosophy' in eighteenth century French political thought as well as in Hobbes, Locke and Machiavelli was nothing new to those who attended his lectures at the Ecole normal superior in Paris or who had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the widely circulated copies of his lecture notes. Of Althusser's writings on political philosophy, the only ones to be published during his lifetime were his study on Montesquieu and his analysis of discrepancies in Rousseau's social-contract theory.

Keywords: Louis Althusser; machiavelli; materialism; montesquieu



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