Compares Althusser's and Sartre's works to determine if the dichotomy between structuralism and humanism truly exists.
This study compares Althusser's and Sartre's work to determine if the dichotomy between structuralism and humanism truly exists: is Althusser a dogmatic structuralist; and does Sartre's theory explore the concept of freedom so radically that it negates the effects of the social structure? The text examines several areas important to political theory: how agency or the concept of the self is depicted by both authors; and how each develops a theory of epistemology for political society, and the possibility for revolution.
Making political theorist; agency and freedom and the construction of the self; science as a means of knowing - is either Althusserian or Sartrean science an adequate epistemological tool?; can there be a revolution or does Sartre or Althusser provide an adequate theory for social change?; the symptomatic and problematic - what is hidden from Althusser.