Abstract

Taking Althusser’s hostility to formalism and logicism as read, along with the fact that today our social system is dominated by the logic of inputs and outputs, this essay counterintuitively argues that the theory of computation pioneered by Alan Turing in the 1930s and 1940s, and further developed in the digital philosophy of Gregory Chaitin and others, is perfectly attuned to the detotalization that Althusser, in both Initiation à la philosophie pour les non-philosophes and Être marxiste en philosophie, sees as the true task of an aleatory materialist philosophy.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6539
Print ISSN
0300-7162
Pages
pp. 92-121
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-21
Open Access
No
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