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Knowledge and Ideology: The Epistemology of Social and Political Critique

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2018.07.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael Morris, Knowledge and Ideology: The Epistemology of Social and Political Critique, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 302 pp., $105.00, ISBN 9781107177093. Reviewed by Maeve Cooke, University College Dublin This book seeks to disentangle the complex, often conflicting lines of thinking that now constitute the concept of ideology critique since its origins in the work of Karl Marx. Taking his lead from Terry Eagleton's 1994 introductory study, Morris distinguishes between epistemic conceptions of ideology, on the one side, and functional conceptions, on the other. For social critics on the first side, ideology is illusion; for those on the second, it is the oppressive intellectual armoury of a social class. The first tradition, in its stronger versions, views knowledge as inherently constituted by the social interests or positions of knowers; the second, which has gained ascendance, tends to bracket. . .

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