Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12259/43204
Type of publication: Straipsnis kitose duomenų bazėse / Article in other databases (S4)
Field of Science: Politikos mokslai / Politic sciences (S002)
Author(s): Donskis, Leonidas
Title: The conspiracy theory, demonization of the other
Is part of: Innovation: the European journal of social sciences. Abingdon: Carfax Pub. Co., 1998, Vol. 11, iss. 3
Extent: p. 349-360
Date: 1998
Keywords: Conspiracy;Ethnic;Free will and determinism
Abstract: The conspiracy theory appears as a phenomemm radically opposed to the principle of tolerance. Though implicit in archaic consciousness (as quite correctly pointed out by Karl R. Popper), it was elaborated by the Christian demonology and its paradigm of order. As tlie conspiratorial view of the universe results from the assumption of radical evil and its this-wortdly representations, it makes the anbrace and sodocultural contextualization of the Other impossible. As shown by Stephen Greenblatt, the radical exclusion of the Other, resulting from the medieval concepts of the secular and the sacred, was imposed even on the European travel discourse and Utopian imagination. The discovery of the world, as it has been depicted by major Utopian writers and reputed story-tellers, reveals to have been related to a more theoretical curiosity or historico-cultural imagination, rather than to the discovery of the Other. However, the conspiracy theory, in modem Western civilization, ceases functioning as one of the predominant tendencies of consciousness, and prolongs its existence merely as an element of one of the contanporary moral cultures-namely, the anti-liberal and anti-modernist culture of determinism, which is characteristic either of marginalized and victmized groups or of the technocratic visions of the world/technological determinism. The article attempts to show why and how such a present conspiratorial view of the world may jeopardize any viable moral order
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https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13511610.1998.9968573
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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