The Conjuncture


Morfino explains, "In Althusser's writings from the 1980s, "conjuncture" becomes another name for facticity. Conjuncture names the set of material conditions within which one is compelled to think and to act." These conditions can be political, ideological, and/or philosophical. Morfino quotes Althusser who writes, "the conjuncture itself being junc­tion, con-junction, congealed (albeit shifting) encounter, since it has already taken place, and refers in its turn to the infinite number of its prior causes, just as (let us add) a determinate [défini] individual (for instance, Borgia) refers to the infinite sequence [suite] of prior causes of which it is the result" (Althusser 1994a: 580)."