Ideology: Explorations in Contemporary Political Theory

Ideology: Explorations in Contemporary Political Theory

by Robert Porter


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Ideology draws on the social, political and cultural theory of Jurgen Habermas, Gilles Deleuze and Slavoj Žižek in order to explore the possibility of developing a 'critical conception of ideology'. The book is concerned with two main themes: the relationship of ideology to the 'real' and the relationship between ideology and the 'ethical'.

Although these three writers are often assumed to have little in common, Porter demonstrates a formal homology between them by showing that they all offer an idea of critique that pivots around two central intuitions. Firstly, they insist that a substantive critical distinction can be drawn between the ideological and the real. And, secondly, Habermas, Deleuze and Žižek all offer an image of ideology critique that is importantly grounded on ethical terms.

By engaging, among other things, with Habermas's sociological work on the public sphere, Žižek’s forays into popular culture, and Deleuze's analysis of political cinema, Ideology strives to concretely animate how each of these figures provide the critical tools necessary to challenge the kinds of ideological practice that pervade the contemporary social world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780708318645
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Series: University of Wales Press - Political Philosophy Now Series
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robert Porter is a Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Theory at the Media Studies Research Institute, University of Ulster. The work he has published to date falls broadly within the field of contemporary critical and cultural theory, with particular emphasis on ideology. Currently, he is engaged in research exploring the link between cinema and politics.

Table of Contents

1  Introducing the Critical Conception of Ideology
2  Habermas's Ideology Theory
3  Habermas's Moral Critique of Ideology
4  Žižek's Ideology Theory
5  Žižek's Ethical Critique of Ideology
6  Deleuze's Ideology Theory
7  Deleuze's Ethical Critique of Ideology
8  Conclusion

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