What we are reading | Issue No: 2

Published on 16/9/2017 | Issue No: 2

Table of Contents

Francesca Recchia

  • Rasheed Araeen, Art Beyond Art, Ecoaesthetics: A Manifesto for the 21st Century.Third Text Publications, London: 2010 

  • Shami Chakrabarti, On Liberty. Penguin, London: 2015

  • Kamila Shmasie, Home Fire. Bloomsbury Publishing, London: 2017

Asim Rafiqui

Suchitra Vijayan

  • How Propaganda Works by Jason Stanley

    ..flawed social structures tend to give rise to flawed ideological belief, in a similar (yet perhaps less inevitable) way to the manner in which Hume takes our flawed psychology to lead to what he thinks of as our flawed ideological belief in external things. We are capable of setting this belief temporarily aside, according to Hume, when we explicitly rationally reflect upon its justification. But as soon as we return to ordinary life, we slip back into believing in external things. In a similar way, when we explicitly rationally reflect upon the flawed ideological beliefs that are caused by living in a society with structural injustice, we often reject them. But when we return to ordinary life, we nevertheless slip back into the flawed ideological beliefs.

  • Man Against Myth by Barrows Dunham

  • Ideology, Racism, and Critical  Social  Theory by Tommie Shelby

    Raymond Geuss has provided us with a useful framework for discussing competing conceptions of ideology. He first asks the question: In what sense or in virtue of what properties can a form of social consciousness be ideological (in the relevant critical sense)? He then suggests that there are three possible types of answer. First, a form of social consciousness can be ideological in virtue of some of its epistemic properties. An epistemic critique of an ideology is one based on considerations relevant to rational belief formation or theory acceptance (e.g., empirical support, consistency, logical validity, conceptual clarity, etc.). Second, a functional critique of an ideological form of consciousness is based on the negative practical consequences its wide acceptance has for society or some social group within it—for example, the stabilization of oppressive social relations, or the promotion of the interests of a hegemonic group. And third, a genetic critique of an ideology focuses on the negative features that are a part of the etiology or history of the form of consciousness—for example, that it is adopted because of the influence of the class interests of the believer or the dominance of a social group, or that it has some unfavorable origin that tarnishes it in some way.

  • The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Brecht

    If we could learn to look instead of gawking,

    We’d see the horror in the heart of farce,

    If only we could act instead of talking,

    We wouldn’t always end up on our arse.

    This was the thing that nearly had us mastered;

    Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!

    Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,

    The bitch that bore him is in heat again.

  • James Baldwin: The Moral Responsibility of the Artist

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