Facundo C. Rocca/


Facundo C. Rocca is an Argentinian postdoctoral researcher.

Facundo C. Rocca holds a degree in political science from the University of Buenos Aires and a doctorate in philosophy from the National University of San Martín (UNSAM) and the University of Paris 8.

He is a post-doctoral researcher at CONICET (Argentina's National Council for Scientific and Technical Research) within the LICH (Human Sciences Research Laboratory) and also teaches the 'Introduction to Philosophy' course at the School of Politics and Government (UNSAM) and the Conceptual History Masters at the School of Human Sciences (UNSAM).

His research focuses on the problems of law, politics and government at the intersection of the conceptual history of political philosophy, nineteenth-century socialist thought and contemporary Marxism and post-Marxism.

His thesis is entitled 'The young Marx (1835-1844) and modern law: from political philosophy to social thought'.

Residency project:
Epistemological or political break?
A Marxological quarrel between Louis Althusser and Jacques Rancière

The aim of this research project is to study a little-explored aspect of the controversy between Jacques Rancière and Louis Althusser: the reasons that led to the transformation of Marx's thought. At the heart of Jacques Rancière's critique of his former teacher in the 1970s is an aspect of Marxology that seems central to the reorganisation of his thinking around science, theory and politics. Since Althusser's hypotheses about the epistemological break that would separate the scientific Marx from the young humanist Marx were central to his project of reorganising Marxist theory and politics in the 1960s, Rancière's questioning of this project after the events of 1968 implies the formulation of an alternative hypothesis about the transformations in Marx's thought.

In this sense, the expected results of this research are as follows: a critical analysis of the controversy between Althusser and Rancière on the transformations of Marx's thought; a deeper understanding of the interpretative divergences between the two philosophers, as well as of their readings of Marxian thought ; an assessment of the impact of these divergences on Jacques Rancière's subsequent work, in particular on his work in the 1980s, especially on the archives of workers' speech from the first half of the nineteenth century, as well as on his later re-readings of Marxian thought in Le philosophe et ses pauvres (1983), La Mésentente (1990) and Le bords de la fiction (2017).