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Single Idea 20163

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 1. Purpose of a State]

Full Idea

Ideologies have a set of beliefs about the world, an ideal of life, an explanation of the gap between the ideal and actuality, and a program for closing the gap.

Gist of Idea

Ideologies have beliefs about reality, ideals, a gap with actuality, and a program


John Kekes (The Human Condition [2010], 06.4)

Book Reference

Kekes,John: 'The Human Condition' [OUP 2010], p.131

A Reaction

[compressed] Kekes emerges as a bit right of centre in his politics. He clearly despises such ideologies, yet his book is an optimistic program for correcting things. Maybe the enemy is dogmatic ideologies. Kekes gives an undogmatic account of values.