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Karl Marx's Theory of Ideas

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Part of Studies in Marxism and Social Theory

  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521066723

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  • Marx's undeveloped ideas about how society presents a misleading appearance which distorts its members' understanding of it have been the subject of many conflicting interpretations. In this book John Torrance takes a fresh, un-Marxist approach to Marx's texts and shows that a more precise, coherent and cogent sociology of ideas can be extracted from them than is generally allowed. The implications of this for twentieth-century capitalism and for recent debates about Marx's conceptions of justice, morality and the history of social science are explored. The author argues that Marx's theory of ideas is sufficiently independent of other parts of his thought to provide a critique and explanation of those defects in his own understanding of capitalism which allowed Marxism itself to become, by his own definition, an ideology.

    • Fresh 'un-Marxist' analysis of Marx's theories on ideology and false consciousness, a subject of continuing interest to political and social theorists
    • Argues that Marx's ideas can be separated from the 'revolutionary' part of his thought, and can explain the degeneration of Marxist thought itself
    • Also throws light on many recent debates in Marx studies on justice, morality and economics
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    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521066723
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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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    John Torrance, University of Oxford

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