Louis Althusser taught philosophy for many years at the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris, and was a leading intellectual in the French Communist Party. Among his other books are Essays in Ideology; Montesquieu, Rousseau, Marx; Machiavelli and Us; and The Spectre of Hegel, all from Verso.
"Louis Althusser traversed so many lives... so many personal, historical, philosophical and political adventures; marked, inflected, influenced so many discourses, actions and existences by the radiant and provocative force of his thought... that the most diverse and contradictory accounts could never exhaust their source." - Jacques Derrida "One reads him with excitement. There is no mystery about his capacity to inspire the intelligent young." - Eric Hobsbawm