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Revoke Ideology

Critical Constructionist Theory in the Human Sciences


Alipio DeSousa Filho

Edited By Jennifer Sarah Cooper

In these crooked times of chaotic and contradictory discourses in every social sphere, from politics to food production, "ideology" has become the buzzword to represent some solid structure on which to cling or under which to recoil, in an effort to understand reality. But how this structure is built and what it ultimately upholds – this is a primary focus of the Human Sciences. In this book, the author argues that in the Human Sciences, from its founders to contemporaries, a common premise is apparent: the fundamental property of all human-social reality is its character as something constructed. Through a vast set of analyses and reflections of his own, and by philosophers, psychologists, psychoanalysts, sociologists, anthropologists, neuroscientists and linguists, the author shows how this premise, applied, which he coins as critical constructionist theory, constitutes the fundamental theory of the Human Sciences. The book also traces how the main development of this theory gave rise to critical deconstructionism – philosophical, sociological, and anthropological – as an analytical procedure in contemporary studies and research, valid in discussions on culture, ethics, human rights, gender, sexuality and ethnicities. Understanding the role ideology plays in this construction, then, is key to liberation from oppressive conceptual structures of reality. This book exposes that role.

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The Sunset on Mars Is Blue …


Don’t delude yourselves

I don’t delude myself

Everything here and now

Is in a second …

— Gilberto Gil, “Tempo Rei” lyrics

While men can act, they have the capacity to do the improbable

and the unthinkable, whether they know it or not, they are always doing so.

— Hannah Arendt, What is Politics?

In the beginning there was hydrogen, helium and lithium … The three chemical elements produced in the Big Bang … Reading about the development of the Universe and its many complex materials truly fascinates me. Nothing systematic or extensive, but this became a welcomed pastime for me, and also made me think … Recently news reports presented images from NASA showing that the sunset on Mars is blue. This prompted me to consider the constructivist/deconstructionist perspective we have about things.

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