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Louis Althusser

1918 - 1990

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Louis Pierre Althusser (UK: , US: ; French: [altysɛʁ]; 16 October 1918 – 22 October 1990) was a French Marxist philosopher. He was born in Algeria and studied at the École normale supérieure in Paris, where he eventually became Professor of Philosophy. Althusser was a long-time member and sometimes a strong critic of the French Communist Party (Parti communiste français, PCF). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Louis Althusser has received more than 1,478,133 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Louis Althusser is the 156th most popular philosopher (down from 151st in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Algeria (down from 7th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Algerian Philosopher.

Louis Althusser is most famous for his theory of ideology, which he developed in the 1960s. He argues that society is divided into two classes: the bourgeoisie, who own the means of production, and the proletariat, who do not. The bourgeoisie control the culture and ideology of society, and use it to maintain their power.

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Among philosophers, Louis Althusser ranks 156 out of 1,081Before him are Kabir, Jean Baudrillard, Herbert Marcuse, Hippias, Adi Shankara, and John Wycliffe. After him are Ernst Cassirer, Christian Wolff, Adam Weishaupt, Ferdinand Tönnies, Max Stirner, and Mikhail Bakhtin.

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Among people born in 1918, Louis Althusser ranks 11Before him are Gamal Abdel Nasser, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Richard Feynman, Robert Wadlow, Rita Hayworth, and Ken Miles. After him are Helmut Schmidt, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Waldheim, Frederick Sanger, Gertrude B. Elion, and Alberto Ascari. Among people deceased in 1990, Louis Althusser ranks 7Before him are Rajneesh, Lev Yashin, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, B. F. Skinner, and Roald Dahl. After him are Leonard Bernstein, Alberto Moravia, Norbert Elias, Paulette Goddard, Sarah Vaughan, and Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

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Among people born in Algeria, Louis Althusser ranks 8 out of 184Before him are Albert Camus (1913), Apuleius (125), Tariq ibn Ziyad (670), Yves Saint Laurent (1936), Jacques Derrida (1930), and Macrinus (164). After him are Jugurtha (-160), Saint Monica (332), Ahmed Ben Bella (1916), Emir Abdelkader (1808), Édouard-Henri Avril (1849), and Juba II (-52).


Among philosophers born in Algeria, Louis Althusser ranks 3Before him are Augustine of Hippo (354) and Jacques Derrida (1930). After him are Jacques Rancière (1940), Martianus Capella (360), Marcus Cornelius Fronto (100), Priscian (500), and Émile Boirac (1851).