Ideology and Utopia: Karl Mannheim: Collected English Writings Volume 1 (Routledge Classics in Sociology)
Ideology and Utopia argues that ideologies are mental fictions whose function is to veil the true nature of a given society. They originate unconsciously in the minds of those who seek to stabilise a social order. Utopias are wish dreams that inspire the collective action of opposition groups which aim at the entire transformation of society. Mannheim shows these two oppos...more
Library Binding, 377 pages
Published January 26th 1998 by Routledge
(first published 1929)
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Apr 03, 2010 Abailart rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I wish I’d picked up another strand in my review of The Last Gentleman. In it, the engineer, accompanied by a telescope, maps, a firkin and an knowledge of air conditioning represents to some degree measurement, exactitude, reasoning itself; in the novel this is contrasted against the fleshy immanences of existence, the messy viscera of humanity, and also the limits of abstract reasoning. Yet there’s a dissolution (not a compromise, not a resolution) of the dialectic or contrast – perhaps becaus...more
Feb 12, 2014 rose rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
While Mannheim's concepts themselves are interesting, I feel like the whole book walks in little loops; you have to cycle back over previously mentioned ideas in order to move ahead just a millimeter. It was a little exhausting.
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“In our contemporary social and intellectual plight, it is nothing less than shocking to discover that those persons who claim to have discovered an absolute are usually the same people who also pretend to be superior to the rest. To find people in our day attempting to pass off to the world and recommending to others some nostrum of the absolute which they claim to have discovered is merely a sign of the loss of and the need for intellectual and moral certainty, felt by broad sections of the population who are unable to look life in the face.”More quotes…