- Any wide-ranging system of beliefs, ways of thought, and categories that provide the foundation of programmes of political and social action: an ideology is a conceptual scheme with a practical application. Derogatorily, another person's ideology may be thought of as spectacles that distort and disguise the real status quo (see false consciousness ). Promises that political philosophy and morality can be freed from ideology are apt to be vain, since allegedly cleansed and pure programmes depend, for instance, upon particular views of human nature, what counts as human flourishing, and the conditions under which it is found.
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Ideology — I de*ol o*gy, n. [Ideo + logy: cf. F. id[ e]ologie.] 1. The science of ideas. Stewart. [1913 Webster] 2. (Metaph.) A theory of the origin of ideas which derives them exclusively from sensation. [1913 Webster] Note: By a double blunder in… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
ideology — (n.) 1796, science of ideas, originally philosophy of the mind which derives knowledge from the senses (as opposed to metaphysics), from Fr. idéologie study or science of ideas, coined by French philosopher Destutt de Tracy (1754 1836) from idéo… … Etymology dictionary
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ideology — index theory Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
ideology — UK US /ˌaɪdiˈɒlədʒi/ noun [C or U] (plural ideologies) POLITICS ► a particular set of ideas and beliefs, especially one on which a political system, party, or organization is based: »The President called for better relations with countries whose… … Financial and business terms
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ideology — ► NOUN (pl. ideologies) 1) a system of ideas and ideals forming the basis of an economic or political theory. 2) the set of beliefs characteristic of a social group or individual. DERIVATIVES ideological adjective ideologically adverb ideologist… … English terms dictionary
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