Las Torres de Lucca. International Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol 5, No 8 (2016)

Thinking the Impossible: From Necessity to Contingency. Althusser as a reader of Machiavelli

Franco Castorina


This article aims to restore and problematize the Althusser’s reading of Machiavelli during the seventies and the eighties, guided by the intuition that, fruit of that reading, Althusser operates a shift in his own philosophy marked by the passage of the need for the structure and science into the contingency of history. To these effects, this text offers a close reading of Althusser’s works that show his particular interpretation of Machiavelli as a materialist philosopher.