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The Marxist Conception of Ideology : A Critical Essay - Martin Seliger

The Marxist Conception of Ideology

A Critical Essay

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Published: 4th February 1980
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A comprehensive and systematic account of the ways in which Marx and Engels and their immediate followers made use of the conception of ideology.

'The author's scholarship is immense. He has included an amazing range of writings in the scope of a short book and taken the reader on a guided tour de force through the murky forests of the literature about ideology and Marxism, both original and critical. One emerges from the experience with a heightened sense of the ingenuities of Marxists, but depressed by how little progress they have made towards a comprehensive and consistent theory of ideology. As a bonus Seliger gives one innumerable insights into the problems of the relationship of thought to social conditions and that of truth to social thought, which ideology as a concept tries to span.' Z. A. Pelczynski, The Times 'The story Seliger has to tell is of a steady refinement of the idea of ideology from the time of Marx and Engels onwards. He himself contributes to this development by pointing out many of the inadequacies of the theory of ideology as commonly conceived ...' The Times Literary Supplement

A prefatory note and acknowledgments
Introduction
The Sin of Overstatement
The problem and the basic contradiction
The facets of orthodox Marxist doctrine
Distorted and adequate thought
The pressure of facts
The Redemption of Ideology
Unacknowledged and acknowledged modification
An interim balance
Ideology beyond economic causation
The way out of the vicious circle: Mannheim
Perspectives, Changing and Persisting
Class and ideology
Ideology pluralism
The range and depth of analogy
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521296250
ISBN-10: 0521296250
Series: LSE Monographs in International Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 4th February 1980
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32