Workshop – Ideology and Social Transformation

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June 27, 2023 10:00 - 19:00
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Auditorium Grimm Zentrum Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1/3, 10117 Berlin

Robin Celikates, Alice Crary, Rachel Fraser, Sally Haslanger, Rahel Jaeggi, Christian Schmidt, Titus Stahl and others discuss current understandings of and approaches to the concept of ideology and its role in theories of social reproduction and transformation.


»Ideology« has multiple meanings, ranging from blatant lies and stubborn one-sidedness to systematic distortions in communication and social forms of necessarily false consciousness. The latter are of particular interest in the context of theories of social transformation. According to these theories, ideologies interact closely with social practices. Social transformation would thus involve changes in ideologies that sustain the status quo. The workshop will discuss current approaches to ideology and their implications for theories of social transformation.


10:00-11:00am – Sally Haslanger Ideology, Culture, and Social Meaning”, Commentary by Mirjam Müller

11:00am-12:00pm – Robin Celikates “Beyond the Critical Theorists’ Nightmare: Epistemic Injustice, Looping Effects, and Ideology Critique”, Commentary by Robin Zheng

12:00pm-1:30pm – Lunch Break

1:30-2:30pm – Titus Stahl “Ideology without false consciousness, epistemic privilege without deference: How to reconcile ideology theory and standpoint theory”, Commentary by Deborah Mühlebach

2:30-3:30pm – Rahel Jaeggi “What would a materialist account of ideology look like? Ideology and Social Practice”, Commentary by Kristina Lepold

3:30-3:45pm – Coffee Break

3:45-4:45pm – Christian Schmidt “‘A notion that cannot be used without taking precaution’: Michel Foucault’s Contribution to the Analysis and Critique of Ideologies”, Commentary by Marvin Ester

4:45-5:45pm – Rachel Fraser “Narrative Critique”, Commentary by Jessica Feely

5:45 – 6:00pm – Break

6:00-7:00pm – Alice Crary “The toxic ideology of longtermism”, Commentary by Livia von Samson


Alice Crary is University Distinguished Professor at The New School for Social Research and Visiting Fellow at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford. A moral and social philosopher, Crary has written widely on issues in metaethics, moral psychology and normative ethics, philosophy and literature, philosophy and feminism, critical animal studies, critical environmental studies, critical disability studies, and Critical Theory.

Rachel Fraser is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow at Exeter College. Apart from her latest work on the limits of immanent critique, she is mainly interested in epistemology, feminism, and the philosophy of language.

Sally Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and teaches in MIT’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Her main research areas include metaphysics, epistemology, feminist theory, ancient philosophy, and social and political philosophy.

Titus Stahl is an Assistant professor of Philosophy at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He teaches and does research on many areas of social and political philosophy, both historically and systematically.


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Workshop – Ideology and Social Transformation