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False Consciousness

Denise Meyerson


This book is concerned with both analytical philosophy of mind and Marxist philosophy. Marxists see pervasive irrationality in the conduct of human affairs, and claim that people in a class-divided society are prone to a variety of misconceptions. They say that we can suffer from ‘false consciousness’ in our views about what inspires our behaviour and in our judgements about what is good for us. This book uses the techniques of analytical philosophy to investigate this picture. It argues that Marxism is committed to the idea of motivated belief, and that the idea is philosophically defensible. ... More

Keywords: analytical philosophy, Marxist philosophy, false consciousness, behaviour, judgement, motivated belief, psychological phenomena

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198248194
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248194.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denise Meyerson, author
University of Cape Town