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Alien Powers: The Pure Theory of Ideology / Edition 2

Alien Powers: The Pure Theory of Ideology / Edition 2

by Kenneth Minogue
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765803658

ISBN-13: 9780765803658

Pub. Date: 06/05/2007

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

The term "ideology" can cover almost any set of ideas, but its power to bewitch political activists results from its strange logic: part philosophy, part science, part spiritual revelation, all tied together in leading to a remarkable paradox--that the modern Western world, beneath its liberal appearance, is actually the most systematically oppressive

Overview

The term "ideology" can cover almost any set of ideas, but its power to bewitch political activists results from its strange logic: part philosophy, part science, part spiritual revelation, all tied together in leading to a remarkable paradox--that the modern Western world, beneath its liberal appearance, is actually the most systematically oppressive system of despotism the world has ever seen. Alien Powers: The Pure Theory of Ideology takes this complex intellectual construction apart, analyzing its logical, rhetorical, and psychological devices and thus opening it up to critical analysis.

Ideologists assert that our lives are governed by a hidden system. Minogue traces this notion to Karl Marx who taught intellectuals the philosophical, scientific, moral, and religious moves of the ideological game. The believer would find in these ideas an endless source of new liberating discoveries about the meaning of life, and also the grand satisfaction of struggling to overcome oppression. Minogue notes that while the patterns of ideological thought were consistent, there was little agreement on who the oppressor actually was. Marx said it was the bourgeoisie, but others found the oppressor to be males, governments, imperialists, the white race, or the worldwide Jewish conspiracy.

Ideological excitement created turmoil in the twentieth century, but the defeat of the more violent and vicious ideologies--Nazism after 1945 and Communism after 1989--left the passion for social perfection as vibrant as ever. Activist intellectuals still seek to "see through" the life we lead. The positive goals of utopia may for the moment have faded, but the ideological hatred of modernity has remained, and much of our intellectual life has degenerated into a muddled and dogmatic skepticism. For Minogue, the complex task of "demystifying" the "demystifiers" requires that we should discover how ideology works. It must join together each of its complex strands of thought in order to understand the remarkable power of the whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765803658
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
06/05/2007
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
395
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition

Martyn P. Thompson

Preface to the Second Edition

Introduction to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

1 Introduction to the 1st edition

2 Identification

I. A Science of Social Conditions

II. Society as a System of Consequences

III. The Secret of the Human World

IV. Modernity as Status Quo

V. Some Problems of Specification

3 Ideology as Social Criticism.

I. The Critical Thrust

II. Genus and Species

III. The Rhetoric of Social Criticism

IV. The Claim to Superiority

V. From Criticism to Melodrama

4 The Explanatory Model

I. Functional and Rational Explanations

II. Structure’s Determination of Experience

III. Accounting for Change

IV. The Mediation of Social Conditions

V. The Historical Dimension

VI. The Vertical Integration of the Intellect

5 From Science to Rhetoric

I. Ideology and the Academic World

II. Philosophy, Science, and the Rhetoric of Unmasking

III. Disciplinary Dominoes

6 The Ideological Revelation

I. The Character of Revelation

II. The Potency of Secrecy

III. The Ground of Revelation

IV. A Mirror of Reality

7 The Concept of Mind

I. The Problem of the Ideological Terminus

II. The Ideological View of Mind

III. Species-man as Community

8 Ideology as Politics

I. Ideology and Politics Distinguished

II. The Postulate of Equality

III. The Postulate of Complementarity

9 The Ideological Version of Political Life

I. The Dissolution of Political Values

II. Interests

III. The Ideological Constituency

IV. The Quest for Power

10 Neutrality and the State

I. Forward and Reverse Gear in Ideological Argument

II. The Ideological Theory of the State

III. The Ideological Reproach

11 Conclusion

I. The Paradoxes of Ideology

II. Ideology and Modernity

III. Patterns of Confrontation

Critical Essays

Kenneth Minogue, the Individual, and Ideologies of Alienation

Stephen A. Erickson

Ideology and the Left

Paul Gottfried

Notes

Index (forthcoming)

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