Louis Althusser was born in Algeria in 1918 and died in France in 1990. His other publications in English include For Marx, Philosophy and the Spontaneous Philosophy of the Scientists, Machiavelli and Us, and Spectre of Hegel. Etienne Balibar is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-X. His other publications in English include The Philosophy of Marx and, with Immanuel Wallerstein, Race, Nation, Class.
"One reads [Althusser's] passionate study with attention, even excitement." Eric Hobsbawm