Althusser - ideology , and his best-known essay is Ideology...

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His essay Marxism and Humanism is a strong statement of anti- humanism in Marxist theory, condemning ideas like "human potential" and "species-being", which are often put forth by Marxists, as outgrowths of a bourgeois ideology of "humanity". His essay Contradiction and Overdetermination borrows the concept of overdetermination from psychoanalysis , in order to replace the idea of "contradiction" with a more complex model of multiple causality in political situations (an idea closely related to Antonio Gramsci 's concept of hegemony ). Althusser is also widely known as a theorist of
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Unformatted text preview: ideology , and his best-known essay is Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses: Notes Toward an Investigation. [25] The essay establishes the concept of ideology, also based on Gramsci's theory of hegemony . Whereas hegemony is ultimately determined entirely by political forces, ideology draws on Freud's and Lacan's concepts of the unconscious and mirror-phase respectively, and describes the structures and systems that allow us to meaningfully have a concept of the self....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2010 for the course FINC 2012 taught by Professor Andrew during the Three '10 term at University of Sydney.

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