Marxism is often thought of as a tool for ideological demystification, the “ruthless criticism of all that exists.” However, Marx never produced a systematic theory of ideology in general. It fell to later writers to expand Marx’s views on the topic, asking about the extent to which Marxism was a theory of social consciousness as a whole. In this session, we will discuss the influential theory of ideology by the French philosopher Louis Althusser. (We will also do an in-session reading from Antonio Gramsci!)
Althusser, On the Reproduction of Capitalism
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