Marx and the Problem of Ideology

Marx and the Problem of Ideology
1. Karl Marx
• Brief biographical information regarding Karl Max
• Brief educational background and a mention of philosophers who influenced Karl Marx’s thinking and reasoning significantly. These will include:
 Hegel
 Georg Lukacs
 Fredric Jameson
• A brief introduction of the Marxist philosophy
• Marxist philosophy on capitalism, his theory on history, on human nature, wage labor and economic inequality
2. The Problem of Ideology
• A definition of the problem of ideology
• The history and origin of the problem of ideology
• The importance of ideology to sociological inquiry
• The contributions of other philosophers on the problem of ideology. These philosophers will include:
 Mannheim
 Focault
 Lyotard
 Baudrillard
• A summary of what these contributions mean for the problem of ideology
3. Marxist Theory and the Problem of Ideology
• How the concept of ideology affects the normality of ideas and everyday existence
• How ideology is related to capitalism
• How ideology can be used to explain the relationship between money and power
• How money influences politics with examples from
 Saudi Arabia
 United States
• Ideology relates to consumption
• A summary of how Marx explains various concepts of capitalism, and relates them to the problem of ideology
4. A summary and conclusion of how Marx’s exploration of the problem of ideology can be applied to other aspects of life, more so those that result in social stratification.
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