Ideology and False Consciousness: Marx and His Historical Progenitors

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SUNY Press, Jul 1, 1993 - Philosophy - 242 pages
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In this book Christopher Pines demonstrates that Karl Marx conceived of ideology as false consciousness. He shows how the different meanings of false consciousness found in the writings of Marx and Engels reflect the influence of the views of the Baconian-French Enlightenment and of Hegelian Feuerbachian philosophies. Pines argues that, for Marx, the diverse senses of false consciousness all generally denote a social consciousness that takes certain false things to be true regarding matters of significance to class-divided societies.
 

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Contents

Introduction to the Problematic
1
Bacons Theory of Idols and Marx on Ideological Fallacies
17
Ideology and the French Enlightenment
29
Ideology and Political Class Struggle Hegels Philosophy of History and the Political False Consciousness in the Writings of Marx and Engels
65
The Hegelian and Feuerbachian Approach to the Alienated Mind
93
Alienation and False Consciousness in the Writings of the Young Marx
111
Alienation the Fetishism of Commodities and Ideology in Capital
127
Conclusion
157
Notes
167
Bibliography
227
Index
237
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Christopher L. Pines is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rio Grande.

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