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Conspiracy Theory in Political Thought

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dc.contributor.advisor Scherer, Matthew Shawai, Atheer A
dc.creator Shawai, Atheer A 2017-12-06 2018-05-17T17:15:13Z 2018-05-17T17:15:13Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G8XM53
dc.description.abstract This thesis analyzes the theoretical bases, argumentations, logical developments of conspiracy theory from epistemological, politically-oriented, cultural and critical approaches. The majority of scholarly literature considers conspiracy theory as an irrational conception that is irrelevant or even contrary to the Enlightenment rationality, but this research finds the opposite. After discussing conspiracy theory from different aspects, whether in the theoretical or practical levels, this thesis concludes that the theoretical flaws of conspiracy theory are attributed to inaccurate premises and assumptions lie at the heart of the Enlightenment project itself. What pushes conspiracy theory into the margin of Enlightenment is not its lack of rationality but, rather, its contradictory orientation towards reasonability understood as the ability to compromise with other rational parties to reach an overlapping consensus.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject conspiracy theory en_US
dc.subject right-wing en_US
dc.subject The Enlightenment Rationality en_US
dc.subject political philosophy en_US
dc.subject Islamic intellectuals en_US
dc.subject Žižek en_US
dc.title Conspiracy Theory in Political Thought en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts in Political Science en_US Master's en_US Political Science en_US George Mason University en_US

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