Ideologies and the Corruption of Thought

Ideologies and the Corruption of Thought

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Thirty-five years ago Joseph Gabel pubAslished a modern masterpiece, which in 1975 appeared in English as False ConAssciousness: An Essay on Reificalion . Combining his special knowledge of existential psychiatry, axiology, MarxAsism, and political history, Gabel proAsposed the utterly novel idea that victims of serious mental disturbances (espeAscially paranoia and schizophrenia) reAsproduce those distorted thought patAsterns commonly associated with ideoAslogical beliefs at the collective level. Such beliefs initially had been laid bare in the 1920s by Gabel's intellectual progenitors, Karl Mannheim and George Lukacs. Gabel's remarkable innovation was to transfer the private crisis of mental collapse into the analytic frameAswork previously reserved for ideological critique, making him an expert on what was later called qthe micro-macro probAslem.q Ideologies and the Corruption of Thought includes Gabel's essays over the last 40 years, characteristically treating micro and macro theoretical matters simultaneously. Originally writAsten in French and German, they have been recast in idiomatic English and bibliographically updated. Using a unique mode and vocabulary of analyAssis, Gabel offers theoretical investigaAstions of McCarthyism and Stalinism (original and more recent types), as well as Althusser, Orwell, and Jonathan Swift in his capacity as a psychiatric theorist. He also explores anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism, and a fascinating case study of a paranoid who regarded himAsself as the pope. In addition this volume includes a range of general commentarAsies on ideological qthought, q utopianism, and false consciousness. This rich feast of social and political analysis and theory illuminates a range of contemporary concernsa€”racism, Utopian fantasy, ethnocentrism, anti-Semitism, the interplay of social strucAsture and mental illness, and ideological transformations of social lifea€”which only Gabel's unique mixture of the cliniAscal and the political could achieve. It will be studied with interest by all theoAsrists and politically alert readers in the social sciences, philosophy, and related fields of study.In addition this volume includes a range of general commentarAsies on ideological aquot;thought, aquot; utopianism, and false consciousness.

Title:Ideologies and the Corruption of Thought
Author:Joseph Gabel
Publisher:Transaction Publishers - 1997-01-01


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