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Karl Marx's Theory of Ideas : Studies in Marxism & Social Theory - John Torrance

Karl Marx's Theory of Ideas

Studies in Marxism & Social Theory

Hardcover Published: 26th May 1995
ISBN: 9780521440660
Number Of Pages: 456

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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.

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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 Psychotherapy "...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

Marxism versus Marx: what Marx's theory of ideology was not
Marx's theory of knowledge
The basis of false consciousness: theory
The basis of false consciousness: social being
Social consciousness
Ideology
Class struggle, consciousness and ideology
Justice
Morality
The sociology of political economy
Marx's science and Marxist ideology
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ISBN: 9780521440660
ISBN-10: 0521440661
Series: Studies in Marxism & Social Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 26th May 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.41  x 3.89
Weight (kg): 0.88

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