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Knowledge and Ideology
The Epistemology of Social and Political Critique

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  • Date Published: January 2017
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  • Ideology critique generally seeks to undermine selected theories and beliefs by demonstrating their partisan origins and their insidious social functions. This approach rightly reveals the socially implicated nature of much purported knowledge, but also brackets or bypasses its cognitive properties. In contrast, Michael Morris argues that it is possible to integrate the social and epistemic dimensions of belief in a way that preserves the cognitive and adjudicatory capacities of reason, while acknowledging that reason itself is inevitably social, historical, and interested. Drawing upon insights from Hegel, Lukács, Mannheim, and Habermas, he interprets and reconstructs Marx's critique of ideology as a positive theory of knowledge, one that reconciles the inherently interested and inextricably situated nature of thought with more traditional conceptions of rational adjudication, normativity, and truth. His wide-ranging examination of the social and epistemic dimensions of ideology will interest readers in political philosophy and political theory.

    • Provides an analytical interpretation and defence of key figures from the continental tradition, which will appeal to readers who seek to bridge the divide between continental and analytic philosophy
    • Draws upon historical figures to develop and defend a systematic contribution to contemporary debates in social and political theory and in the theory of knowledge
    • Situates the works of Karl Marx within the tradition of classical German philosophy that includes Kant, Reinhold, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel
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    'In Knowledge and Ideology: The Epistemology of Social and Political Critique, Michael Morris accomplishes several laudable tasks … [H]is historical account of the development of ideological theory, and his summaries of particular ideological and epistemological theories, is keen. The scope of his histories and summaries entails engaging discussions of Bacon, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Stirner, Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, Foucault, Mannheim, Lukács, Eagleton, Althusser, and a host of other illuminating thinkers. Morris consistently captures the essence of their theories.' Chris Byron, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

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    • Date Published: January 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316829912
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Dialectic of Ideology:
    1. In and of this world: the dual status of thought
    2. The immanent destruction of functional ideology critique: Nietzsche, Foucault, Althusser
    Part II. On Ideology and Violence:
    3. Jean Jacques Rousseau: social oppression, the gaze of the other, and the appeal of naturalized violence
    4. Max Stirner: the Bohemian Left and the violent self-loathing of the bourgeoisie
    5. Marx contra Stirner: a parting of ways
    Part III. A Marxist Theory of Knowledge:
    6. German visions of the French Revolution: on the interpretation of dreams
    7. The persistent crises and the social vocation of reason: Mannheim as epistemologist
    8. Practice, reflection, sublimation, critique: social ontology and social knowledge

  • Author

    Michael Morris, University of South Florida
    Michael Morris is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He has published articles in journals including the International Yearbook of German Idealism, the European Journal of Philosophy and the Intellectual History Review.

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