Cahiers pour l'analyse

Concept and form: The cahiers pour l'analyse and contemporary French thought

From 2006-2009, members of the CRMEP worked on a three-year AHRC-funded research project on the French philosophical journal, the Cahiers pour l'Analyse. Edited by a small group of Louis Althusser's students at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, the Cahiers pour l'Analyse appeared in ten volumes between 1966 to 1969 - arguably the most fertile and productive years in French philosophy during the whole of the twentieth century.

The main project output is a full electronic edition of the original French texts in both HTML and facsimile PDF versions, together with detailed commentaries on each article, recent interviews with members of the original editorial board, and substantial entries on the main concepts and authors at issue in the journal.

Other components of the research project included an international conference on the Cahiers and its legacy, held at Middlesex University on 21-22 May 2009, and preparation of two edited volumes on the Cahiers, entitled Concept and Form. These volumes are forthcoming from Verso in 2011: the first includes English translations of a selection of texts published in the Cahiers, the second is a collection of newly commissioned essays on the journal and translated extracts of interviews with members of the editorial board.