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ISBN-13: 978-1-888570-91-5

ISBN-10: 1-888570-91-1



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Remo Bodei, The Logics of Delusion


Contemporary European Cultural Studies

Series editors, Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala



An analysis of the notion of delusion provides an exceptional opportunity to test such categories as ‘reason’, ‘truth’, ‘evidence’,  ‘certainty’, ‘passion’, ‘personality’, and ‘reality’, both as commonsensical concepts and as philosophical ideas.


Professor Bodei examines paradoxical forms of delusion and representations of multiple personality disorders found in classical texts of the philosophical tradition, in psychoanalysis, in twentieth-century psychiatry, and in major works of European literature, in an attempt to shed light on the logics underlying the specific modalities of temporalization, conceptualization and argumentation ‘activated’ by delusion. He revisits the traditional opposition of delusion viewed as synonymous with irrationality (absurdity, groundlessness, error, chaos) and reason viewed instead in terms of evidence (demonstrability, truth and order) and by examining delusion both from a cognitive and an affective perspective he discovers clear anomalies in the categorization of its reasoning.





Chapter 1 The Legacy of the Past
Chapter 2 Digressions of Truth
Chapter 3 Truth and History
Chapter 4 Logic and Affects





Remo Bodei is professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught for many years at the Scuola Normale Superiore and the University of Pisa and has lectured in many  European and American universities. His books, which have been translated into several languages, include Hölderlin: la filosofía y lo trágico (1990); Ordo amoris (1991); Dekompositionen. For-men des modernen Individuums (1996); Géometrie des passions (1997); La forma de lo bello (1998); Destini personali (2002); Piramidi di tempo (2006); and We, the Divided. Ethos, Politics and Culture in Post-War Italy (2006).




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