If Ideology is the Science of Ideas, Then Everyone Should Be an Idealogue


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What is ideology, per se? And what is an ideologue? And are we entirely sure these are bad things to be or have?

Definition of ideology (from Merriam-Webster)

1a: a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture

b: the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program

c: a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture

2: visionary theorizing

What Does ideology Mean?

Ideology has been in use in English since the end of the 18th century and is one of the few words whose coiner we can identify. The French writer A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy proposed it as a term to designate the “science of ideas,” and in that sense the word was quickly borrowed into English. Though ideology originated as a serious philosophical term, within a few decades it took on connotations of impracticality thanks to Napoleon, who used it in a derisive manner. Today, the word most often refers to “a systematic body of concepts,” especially those of a particular group or political party.

What then is an ideologue? As you might guess, Cambridge Dictionary defines it as follows:

"a person who believes very strongly in particular principles and tries to follow them carefully."

So, then, as I reason, if ideology is the science of ideas, then shouldn't everyone be an idealogue?

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