False Consciousness

Justin Schwartz jschwart at freenet.columbus.oh.us
Fri Jun 16 21:45:54 MDT 1995

Right, Raymond Williams is very good. Lukacs is very difficult. Mezaros
was his student.

Charles Mills has somje good papers on Marx and Engels on ideology,
criticizing McCarney, in Philosophical Forum, I think in 1993.

I have a piece on "The Paradox of Ideology," dealing with a somewhat
specialized question about ideology, in Canadian Hournal of Philosophy,
dec. 1993.

See also Jon Elster's "Belief, Bias, and  and Ideology," in Sour Grapes.

William Shaw has a nice piece on ideology in thed Neilsen and Patten
anthology, Analyzing Marx.

Of course there's also Gramsci, whose notion of hegemony is a central if
difficult developmenbt of the notion of ideology--see his Prison
Notebooks; for commentary, see Femia's Gramsci's Political Thought. Perry
Anderson has a long piece on G in an old New Left Review--No. 100, I
think, in 1977. He's more accessible and on this I think more important
than Lukacs, although L is theoretically wuite interesting. For commentary
on L, see Andrew Feenberg's Marx, Lukacs, and the Origins of Critical Theory.

A feminist writer who is good on this stuff is Sandra Lee Barkty, who has
written a book called, I think, Feminism and Domination.

Om a practical level, see Chomsky and Herman's Manufacturing Consent--gets
you into the nuts nd bolts of how ideology works in the media.

--Justin Schwartz

On Sat, 17 Jun 1995, Guy Yasko wrote:

> In message <Pine.3.07.9506160950.A17858-b100000 at acme>  writes:
> >
> > Joseph Gabel, False Consciousness
> > Terry Eagleton, Ideology
> > Martin Seligman, The Marxist Concept of Ideology
> > Joel Mccarney, The Real Worlf of Ideology
> > Istvan Mezaros, The Power of Ideology
> > Paul Thomas, Marx and the Anarchists (esp. chapter on Stirner)
> >
> The Eagleton book is good, if expensive.  I remember the examples he provided
> as being helpful while at the same time preserving the complexity and
> openness of the issues.  This is part of what makes the book better than
> Zizek's _Sublime Object of Ideology_ (another expensive Verso book),  As with
> Lacan himself, Z is an authoritarian which comes out in his pose of complete
> mastery of Lacan.
> I'd also suggest Raymond William's _Marxism and Literature_ , Lukacs (if I'm
> not mistaken, Istvan Mezaros was a student of Lukacs') _History and Class
> Consciousness_, the German Ideology, and the 18th Brumaire.   Slojterdijk's
> _Critique of Cynical Reason_ is a great read, too.
> g.y.
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