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Rendon, M. (2013). István Mészáros, the Unconscious, and False Consciousness. Am. J. Psychoanal., 73(2):173-183.

(2013). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 73(2):173-183

István Mészáros, the Unconscious, and False Consciousness

Mario Rendon, M.D.

Hungarian philosopher István Mészáros' more recent work expands our understanding of consciousness in a way that is particularly relevant to psychoanalysis. He underscores the tragedy of consciousness, increasingly alienated from the totality of our social and individual being, and replaced by its false analog. To make sustainable an anachronistic type of vertical social structure, ideologists of false consciousness join arms with those who control society's historically developed means to reproduce itself and its members. This results in the social phenomenon of alienation, whereby actively produced false consciousness creates a correlate individual unconscious. Mészáros' theory seems compatible with the psychoanalytic paradigms developed by Karen Horney and the Neo-Freudians.

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