Re-Thinking Ideology: A Practice-Theoretical Account

Rahel Jaeggi
Humboldt University Berlin
February 11, 2019
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
Jasper Johns at Pearl Street studio in 1955. Photograph by Robert Rauschenberg

US flag in background with man on stool, light from foreground

How is it possible for people to uphold, promote, stabilize, or simply not actively challenge social structures that cause them suffering and that can be said to run contrary to their own interests? How is it that our day-to-day behavior, actions, and beliefs sometimes in fact promote oppressive power structures even when we neither intend nor realize it? It is along these lines that we might formulate the problem to which the concept of “ideology” offers a response.

This talk is an attempt to revitalize the concept of ideology for social critique while understanding ideology in terms of practices and practice-theory.

Professor Dr. Rahel Jaeggi of Practical Philosophy with Emphasis on Social Philosophy and Political Philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin.