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Freedom under conditions of necessity

Journal article
Authors Anders Pedersson
Published in LIR.journal
Volume 2013
Issue 3
Pages 35-48
ISSN 1102-9773
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 35-48
Language en
Keywords ideology, utopia, Ricoeur, science
Subject categories History of Ideas


In this paper I explore a certain conception of ideology with the aim of situating the subject conducting intellectual work acting under given premises. A theory of ideology based on Paul Ricoeur’s work on the subject offers a frame in which ideology functions in a positive and negative manner, at the same time according to a fundamental structure. In the second half of the paper I discuss the notion of utopia as a way to move beyond ideology, or at least push its limits.

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