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I. Philosophy – II. Sociology of Knowledge

I. Philosophy

1. The meaning of the word ideology cannot be separated from its historical use (a) as an epistemological term denoting a general theory of perceptions, ideas, and notions (ideo-logy), and (b) as a politico-philosophical term denoting a general critique of knowledge, an analysis intended to clear up false or distorted forms and objects of cognition (Ideological criticism). Although the origin of these two sides of ideology is usually traced to F. Bacon…

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Bohlender, Matthias, Stoellger, Philipp and Lohmann, Friedrich, “Ideology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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