9781623560911

Modern Conspiracy The Importance of Being Paranoid

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  • ISBN13:

    9781623560911

  • ISBN10:

    1623560918

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-08-28
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

While conspiracy theory is often characterized in terms of the collapse of objectivity and Enlightenment reason, Modern Conspiracy traces the important role of conspiracy in the formation of the modern world: the scientific revolution, social contract theory, political sovereignty, religious paranoia and mass communication media.

Rather than seeing the imminent death of Enlightenment reason and a regression to a new Dark Age in conspiratorial thinking, Modern Conspiracy suggests that many characteristic features of conspiracies tap very deeply into the history of the Enlightenment: its vociferous critique of established authorities and a conception of political sovereignty fuelled by fear of counter-plots, for example. Perhaps, ultimately, conspiracy theory affords us a renewed opportunity to reflect on our very relationship to the truth itself.

Author Biography

Chris Fleming is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Anthropology, School of Humanities and Languages, the University of Western Sydney, Australia. His is the author of Violence and Mimesis (2004) and is current Vice-President of the Australian Girard Seminar.

Emma A. Jane is a Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Powerful Secrets in History: From the Scientific Revolution to Wikileaks
3. Impossible Things: The Evidential Structure of Conspiracy Theories
4. The History of an Epistemic Ambience: Cartesian Anxieties
5. Paranoia, Ridicule, and Derogation: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Conspiracy.
6. Conclusion
Further Reading
Index

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