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Ideologies and Political TheoryA Conceptual Approach$
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Michael Freeden

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019829414X.001.0001

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Staking Out: The Distinctiveness of Analysing Ideologies

Staking Out: The Distinctiveness of Analysing Ideologies

(p.13) 1 Staking Out: The Distinctiveness of Analysing Ideologies
Ideologies and Political Theory

Michael Freeden (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This is the first of three chapters on theorizing about ideological morphology. It looks at the challenges awaiting the student of ideology, what can be gleaned from the most salient theories and views in circulation, and where the state of the art raises questions and leaves gaps to be filled. The material presented demonstrates that there are manifold ways of answering the question ‘what is an ideology?’ There are eight sections: (a) The Conceptual histories of ideology; (b) In search of a single concept; (c) Analytical misconceptions; (d) Rival epistemologies; (e) Philosophy [political philosophy] and ideology: the unholy alliance; (f) Unconscious and rhetorical components of ideology; (g) Ideology and the limits on logic; and (h) The ubiquity and specificity of ideology.

Keywords:   conceptual history, history, ideological analysis, ideological morphology, ideological theory, ideology, logic, political philosophy

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