Philosophy, Ideology and Social Science: Essays in Negation and Affirmation


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This important book, written by a major contemporary philosopher, provides a comprehensive critical evaluation of ideology. Professor Meszaros presnets some of the most significant analyses of Rousseau, Adam Smith, Hegel, Marx, Weber, Luckacs, Keynes, Heidegger, Austin and Sartre. Written over a period of more than two decades, these essays are made accessible to a wider English readership here for the first time.

Philosophy, Ideology and Social Scienceis concerned with the specific role which ideology plays in the process of social strucutral adjustments. Professor Meszaros presents his ideas on a broad historical canvas. He concludes with an examination of the way in which European Literature has dealt with the problem of alienation.

Istavan Meszarosleft his native Hungary after the Soviet invasion of 1956. He is professor emeritus at the University of Sussex, where he held the chair of Philosophy for fifteen years. Meszaros is author ofSocial Structure and Forms of Consciousness(2 vols.),The Structural Crisis of Capital, The Challenge and Burden of Historical Time, Beyond Capital: Toward a Theory of Transition, Marx’s Theory of Alienation, Aspects of History and Class Consciousness, Lukacs’ Concept of the Dialectic,andThe Work of Sartre: Search for Freedomamong other books.


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