World: Marx & Murder

The philosopher who failed

"Come quickly. I've just killed my wife ." The scene, and the supplicant huddled against the chill of a Parisian dawn last week as he pounded on a colleague's door were equally bizarre. Close by the doorway towered the stone walls of the 186-year-old Ecole Normale Superieure, an elite graduate school for the best and the brightest students of France. The agitated man in robe and pajamas banging at the door with his dire tidings was no less prestigious: Louis Althusser, 62, among the diminishing survivors of the country's great postwar intellectual set and an academic star...

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