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Single Idea 21999

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 9. Communism]

Full Idea

False consciousness involves failing to see things as they really are. It comes about because a society's superstructure can conceal the real basis of the society.

Gist of Idea

False consciousness results from concealment by the superstructure


report of Karl Marx (works [1860]) by Peter Singer - Marx 9

Book Reference

Singer,Peter: 'Marx' [OUP 1996], p.63

A Reaction

That seems a poor label, probably revealing a Hegelian background. It seems a matter of knowledge rather than consciousness. Can a whole mind be in a state of error?