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Psychological Revolt

Kieran Laird

in The Political Mind

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748623860
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652808 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623860.003.0005
Psychological Revolt

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It is easy to state that the mind is shaped wholly by a combination of neurophysical parameters and social experience, but the very fact that one feels so resistant to this idea shows the merits of deeper examination. Consciousness rebels against the notion that its limits can be so circumscribed, and the artistic, cultural and philosophical labour of our species is a record of our attempted transcendence of such limits. The question is also of the utmost political importance. If one cannot adequately think outside the socio-political matrix into which one is born, one is left with little alternative but passive acceptance or partial critique. This chapter considers the potential of the personal conscious and the potential of the social self.

Keywords: neurophysical parameters; psychological critique; personal conscious; social self

Chapter.  10789 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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