Rogue Desires

Denise Meyerson

in False Consciousness

Published in print May 1991 | ISBN: 9780198248194
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681073 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Rogue Desires

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Marcuse says not merely that ‘false needs…perpetuate toil, aggressiveness, misery and injustice’, but also that they are ‘determined by external powers over which the individual has no control’. This chapter investigates whether the history of a desire can be a defect in it, and in particular whether the history of ideological desires makes for a defect. This chapter argues that ideological desires are rogue because their causation is abnormal and they are destructive of our freedom. Desires which are abnormally caused are likely to be foreign to human nature, impediments to whatever is effective psychological functioning for us, and that means they are likely to diminish our freedom. False consciousness and freedom is compatible with the truth of determinism. Certain ways of influencing people's characters and dispositions are likely to produce individuals who enjoy freedom.

Keywords: Marcuse; rogue desires; causation; freedom; false consciousness; determinism; characters; dispositions

Chapter.  6256 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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