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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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Unhappy Desires

Unhappy Desires

(p.70) III Unhappy Desires
False Consciousness

Denise Meyerson

Oxford University Press

The idea of proletariat false consciousness presupposes that what is good or desirable for people is both factual matter and independent of their desires. This chapter argues the following: there is a fact of the matter about interests; what is good for people does not depend on what they want; bare knowledge of the facts about interests elicit desire is false; and to be wrong about what is in your interests is to be wrong about desires is also false. Discussions in this chapter includes: inhuman, sophisticated, unnatural and imaginary appetites; some theories about desire; true wants; prudential considerations and motivations; facts and interests; reasons; and a want-independent conception of interests.

Keywords:   false consciousness, desires, interests, true wants, prudential considerations, motivations, reasons

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