In truth, ideology has very little to do with 'consciousness', even supposing this term to have an unambiguous meaning. It is profoundly unconscious, even when it presents itself in a reflected form.

— Louis Althusser

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Ideology represents the imaginary relationship of individuals to their real conditions of existence.


Philosophy is, in the last instance, class struggle in the field of theory.


To philosophize with open eyes is to philosophize in the dark.

Only the blind can look straight at the sun.


Ideology... is indispensable in any society if men are to be formed, transformed and equipped to respond to the demands of their conditions of existence.


What art makes us see, and therefore gives to us in the form of 'seeing', 'perceiving' and 'feeling' (which is not the form of knowing,) is the ideology from which it is born, in which it bathes, from which it detaches itself as art, and which it alludes.


The ultimate condition of production is therefore the reproduction of the conditions of production


In the battle that is philosophy all the techniques of war, including looting and camouflage, are permissible.


It is characteristic of ideology to impose self-evident facts as self-evident facts.


Occasionally, the whole class struggle may be summed up in the struggle for one word against another word. Certain words struggle amongst themselves as enemies. Other words are the site of an ambiguity: the stake in a decisive but undecided battle


Relations of production are first reproduced by the materiality of the processes of production and circulation. But it should not be forgotten that ideological relations are immediately present in these same processes.


One of the goals of philosophy is wage theoretical battle.

That is why we can say that every thesis is always, by its very nature, an antithesis. A thesis is only ever put forward in opposition to another thesis, or in defence of a new one.


Ideology has very little to do with 'consciousness' - it is profoundly unconscious.


About Louis Althusser

Quotes 17 sayings
Nationality Algerian
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

If someone asks, ‘But what in the end is a philosopher?’ I would say ‘A philosopher is a human being who fights in theory.’


Without claiming to be exhaustive, I maintain that every philosophy reproduces within itself, in one way or another, the conflict in which it finds itself compromised and caught up in the outside world.


The economic class struggle is a struggle against inessanlty intensified exploitation: not only against the brutal material form of exploitation, capitalism's tendency to reduce wages, and against the class 'techniques' for increasing productivity... but also around the question of the technical-social division of labor that prevails om enterprises, and against bourgeois ideology and repression.


Whatseems to take place outside ideology (to be precise, in the street), in reality takes place in ideology. What really takes place in ideology seems therefore to take place outside it. That is why those who are in ideology believe themselves by definition outside ideology: one of the effects of ideology is the practical denegation of the ideological character of ideology by ideology: ideology never says, 'I am ideological.'

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