Few analyses of the relation between the base and the superstructure or material organization of society and the social-epistemological layer of consciousness delineate the mechanisms involved in shaping consciousness. I undertake an analysis that utilizes insights from the philosophy of mind such as the theory of intentionality as well as the sociological approach to values through Parsons.
Sections of an earlier draft of this paper were originally delivered at a conference on Critical Theory at New York University, April 28, 2013, and later at the 6th Annual Critical Theory Conference of Rome, Italy, May 6, 2013. I benefitted from discussions with Stephen Eric Bronner, Andrew Feenberg, Lauren Langman, and the comments of other participants at both venues.
Thompson, M.J. (2014), "The Base-Superstructure Hypothesis and the Foundations of Critical Theory", Mediations of Social Life in the 21st Century (Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 32), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 161-193. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0278-120420140000032007Download as .RIS
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