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Paranoia and Contentment

A Personal Essay on Western Thought

John C. Hampsey (author)

ISBN: 9780813925097

Publication Date: Dec 2005

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

An investigation into Western intellectual history. The author approaches paranoia not as a clinical term for an irrational sense of persecution but from a uniquely positive perspective, as a cultural truth - a way of understanding the history of human thought and perhaps the best way to describe being itself.
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A hybrid in both content and style, "Paranoia and Contentment" is a bold and original investigation into Western intellectual history. John Hampsey approaches paranoia not as a clinical term for an irrational sense of persecution but from a uniquely positive perspective, as a cultural truth - a way of understanding the history of human thought and perhaps the best way to describe being itself.

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Paranoia and Contentment is a fascinating exercise in redefining 'paranoia' and coining the word 'paranoidic,' thereby positing new criteria for analyzing our life and society today. - Lawrence Ferlinghetti "Paranoia and Contentment is a sharply reasoned, humane, surprising, and intellectually bold meditation on paranoic vision. Part scholarship, part personal essay, this beautifully written book turns upside down our standard thinking about paranoia, creativity, imagination, and what it is to be wholly human." - Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried and winner of the National Book Award "An extraordinarily original rumination on the human condition, ranging across a broad field of philosophical thought and Western literature.... Hampsey's goal is to startle us into reconsidering our conventional ways of thinking, and I believe he has achieved that goal admirably.... Eminently readable, often eloquent." - Howard Zinn, Professor Emeritus, Boston University, author of A People's History of the United States
Pages 256
Date Published 30 Dec 2005
Publisher University of Virginia Press
Subject/s Philosophy of mind  
John C. Hampsey is Professor of English at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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