In 1980, he killed his wife, the sociologist Hélène Rytmann, by strangling her. He was declared unfit to stand trial due to insanity and committed to a psychiatric hospital for three years. He did little further academic work, dying in 1990.
Естественно, нашлись безжалостные мерзавцы:
The murder of Rytmann attracted much media attention, and there were several requests to treat Althusser as an ordinary criminal.
Понятно, что невежественная чернь не знает, что такое настоящая любовь:
Despite the critics, some of his friends, such as Guitton and Debray, defended Althusser, saying the murder was an act of love - as Althusser argued too.
И не способна понять настоящего мыслителя:
Althusser has had broad influence in the areas of Marxist philosophy and post-structuralism: interpellation has been popularized and adapted by the feminist philosopher and critic Judith Butler, and elaborated further by Göran Therborn; the concept of ideological state apparatuses has been of interest to Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek; the attempt to view history as a process without a subject garnered sympathy from Jacques Derrida; historical materialism was defended as a coherent doctrine from the standpoint of analytic philosophy by G. A. Cohen; the interest in structure and agency sparked by Althusser was to play a role in Anthony Giddens's theory of structuration.