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False Consciousness$
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Denise Meyerson

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248194.001.0001

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Mistakes about Motives and Motivated Mistakes

Mistakes about Motives and Motivated Mistakes

(p.34) II Mistakes about Motives and Motivated Mistakes
False Consciousness

Denise Meyerson

Oxford University Press

For Marx and Engels members of the ruling class were dressing up their real motives in more respectable clothing and fooling themselves with the disguise. Beliefs that serve class interests could lead to the members of the class having that belief. This chapter presents these hypotheses: belief is genetically programmed; desire might directly cause belief; and subjects are motivated by either the suspicion or the thought that an unwanted belief is true. This chapter points out that there is no need to deny that some members of the class might be passive in respect of their desires and some must have the intention to ‘make up illusions and ideas about themselves’. Discussions in this chapter include: happy accidents and systematic correlations; non-traditional causation; desires and plans; and how motivated mistakes are possible.

Keywords:   Marx, Engels, motives, beliefs, class interests, desires, happy accidents, causations, motivated mistakes

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