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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.Read more
- 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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"Torrance's book is packed with suggestive notions .... The issues raised in the book are indeed of lasting and contemporary importance." Richard D. Chessick, American Journal of PsychotherapySee more reviews
"...Torrance operates in the analytical mode and aims to give the reader a plausible construal and defense of Marx's ideas -- at least in the area under discussion. And, in this aim, the book very largely succeeds." David McLellan, American Jounral of Sociology
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- Date Published: May 1995
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521440660
- length: 456 pages
- dimensions: 236 x 159 x 33 mm
- weight: 0.863kg
- 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
7. Class struggle, consciousness and ideology
10. The sociology of political economy
11. Marx's science and Marxist ideology.
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