Paranoia and Political Philosophy

James M. Glass

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Paranoia and Political Philosophy

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This article examines the relation between paranoia and political philosophy. It suggests that internal psychological conflict affects political reality through the force of belief systems and explains that belief derives from the complex interplay between the structuralization of the inner self, its affective and developmental foundations, and what the external world produces as data and sensation. It also contends that both realms of experience, the psychological internal and the political external, infuse each other and each depends on the other.

Keywords: paranoia; political philosophy; psychological conflict; political reality; belief systems; inner self

Article.  7880 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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