Karl Marx's Theory of Ideas

Karl Marx's Theory of Ideas

by John Torrance
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521440661

ISBN-13: 9780521440660

Pub. Date: 11/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Karl Marx's writings contain, besides economic analysis and the political theory of revolutionary communism, an influential sociology of ideas, explaining how social life shapes and distorts people's ideas and beliefs. This book presents a fresh critical study of this theory, establishing what Marx did and did not say, and distinguishing the more scientific parts

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Karl Marx's writings contain, besides economic analysis and the political theory of revolutionary communism, an influential sociology of ideas, explaining how social life shapes and distorts people's ideas and beliefs. This book presents a fresh critical study of this theory, establishing what Marx did and did not say, and distinguishing the more scientific parts of his thought from those that were overly influenced by his revolutionary aims. The author argues that Marx's own theory of ideas can play an important role in explaining the subsequent degeneration of Marxist thought itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521440660
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Series:
Studies in Marxism and Social Theory Series
Pages:
433
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

1. Marxism versus Marx: what Marx's theory of ideology was not; 2. Marx's theory of knowledge; 3. The basis of false consciousness: theory; 4. The basis of false consciousness: social being; 5. Social consciousness; 6. Ideology; 7. Class struggle, consciousness and ideology; 8. Justice; 9. Morality; 10. The sociology of political economy; 11. Marx's science and Marxist ideology.

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