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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
 

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ISBN-10: 1933859792

ISBN-13: 9781933859798

Pub. Date: 10/01/2008

Publisher: ISI Books

The term “ideology” can cover almost any set of ideas, but its power to bewitch political activists results from its strange logic. It is part philosophy, part science, and 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

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The term “ideology” can cover almost any set of ideas, but its power to bewitch political activists results from its strange logic. It is part philosophy, part science, and 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. In Alien Powers, Kenneth Minogue takes this complex intellectual construction apart, analyzing its logical, rhetorical, and psychological devices, and thus opening it up to critical analysis.

This new, ISI Books’ Background edition of Alien Powers includes a new introduction to the text by Martyn P. Thompson and critical essays on the text by political theorist Paul Gottfried and philosopher Stephen A. Erickson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933859798
Publisher:
ISI Books
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Edition description:
2
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword to the Second Edition   Martyn P. Thompson     ix
Preface to the Second Edition     xv
Introduction to the Second Edition     xvii
Preface to the First Edition     xxxvii
Introduction to the 1st edition     1
Identification     9
A Science of Social Conditions     9
Society as a System of Consequences     16
The Secret of the Human World     25
Modernity as Status Quo     38
Some Problems of Specification     47
Ideology as Social Criticism     51
The Critical Thrust     51
Genus and Species     59
The Rhetoric of Social Criticism     68
The Claim to Superiority     75
From Criticism to Melodrama     81
The Explanatory Model     87
Functional and Rational Explanations     87
Structure's Determination of Experience     97
Accounting for Change     103
The Mediation of Social Conditions     109
The Historical Dimension     115
The Vertical Integration of the Intellect     122
From Science to Rhetoric     131
Ideology and the Academic World     131
Philosophy, Science, and the Rhetoric of Unmasking     138
Disciplinary Dominoes     146
The Ideological Revelation     153
The Character of Revelation     153
The Potency of Secrecy     159
The Ground of Revelation     167
A Mirror of Reality     177
The Concept of Mind     191
The Problem of the Ideological Terminus     191
The Ideological View of Mind     197
Species-man as Community     205
Ideology as Politics     217
Ideology and Politics Distinguished     217
The Postulate of Equality     222
The Postulate of Complementarity     227
The Ideological Version of Political Life     237
The Dissolution of Political Values     237
Interests     241
The Ideological Constituency     246
The Quest for Power     253
Neutrality and the State     263
Forward and Reverse Gear in Ideological Argument     263
The Ideological Theory of the State     267
The Ideological Reproach     274
Conclusion     289
The Paradoxes of Ideology     289
Ideology and Modernity      292
Patterns of Confrontation     296
Critical Essays: Kenneth Minogue, the Individual, and Ideologies of Alienation   Stephen A. Erickson     303
Ideology and the Left   Paul Gottfried     317
Notes     331
Index (forthcoming)     353

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