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Introduction: The Political Mind

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/9780748623860.003.0007
Introduction: The Political Mind

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This chapter introduces three interlinked aims. The first is to introduce neuropsychological material that may help to generate interesting political theory at the most base level of the creation of new thoughts, as well as serving to problematise some existing theory on a psychological basis. The second aim is to show how such psychological material may be used to critique contemporary Western society through an analysis of consumer capitalism. The third is to demonstrate how self-creation in today's society is in some qualitative way different from the selfhood elaborated in response to previous societies. The chapter presents an overview of the ways in which other psychological theories have been used for political ends: behaviourism, Freud's politics of the unconscious self and society, humanism's self-centred politics and postmodernism.

Keywords: neuroscience; psychology; consumer capitalism; Freud; behaviourism; humanism; postmodernism

Chapter.  8534 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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