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[Xmca-l] Re: vygotsky's theory and symbolic interactionism


The term false consciousness is from Walter Benjamin in a 1930 review of Siegfried Kracauer's Die Angestellten, drawing from Marx. The idea in Marx is described in terms of alienation and estrangement from real objects and activity.


 From: Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net>
To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu> 
Sent: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 5:14 PM
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: vygotsky's theory and symbolic interactionism

Tom, so far as I know, the term "false consciousness" was invented by 
feminists in the 1970s and was never used by Marx, and I don't think the 
concept is consistent with his ideas, as expressed in the Theses on 
Feuerbach which you quoted, for example.
*Andy Blunden*

Tom Richardson wrote:
> ... In the first place, it should be noted that Marx, like Spinoza and later
> Freud, believed that most of what men consciously think is "false"
> consciousness, is ideology and rationalization; that the true mainsprings
> of man's actions are unconscious to him.