GREPH, Marx and the Politics of Teaching Philosophy

Mozzachiodi, Roberto. 2022. GREPH, Marx and the Politics of Teaching Philosophy. Derrida Today, 15(2), pp. 189-209. ISSN 1754-8500 [Article]

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This article seeks to locate the seminar series that Derrida delivered at the École normale superieure during the mid-seventies within the broader political and theoretical aspirations of the Groupe de recherches sur l’enseignement philosophique (GREPH), particularly considering the group’s thematization and politicisation of pedagogy in the history of philosophy and the philosophical establishment. It also aims to contextualise Derrida’s recourse to a Marxian and Marxist problematic as part of these aspirations in view of his longer-term engagement with the question of philosophy in Marx and Marxism. The article brings together these two contextual dimensions of Derrida’s teaching activities at the ENS through a close reading of the seminar series he delivered on the agrégation topic of Theory and Practice in 1976–7. This reading focuses specifically on how Derrida mobilised the Althusserian problematic to attempt to transform the role and function of the agrégés-répétiteur (a position he shared with Althusser at the ENS) within the frame of reference of his political work with GREPH.

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Althusser, Theory and Practice, Lenin, pedagogy, philosophy, Marxism

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31 October 2022Published Online
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