A Short Essay on Conspiracy Theories

  • Alenka Zupančič Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti, Filozofski inštitut
Keywords: conspiracy theories, critical theory, knowledge, belief, scepticism, enjoyment

Abstract

Conspiracy theories are interesting phenomenon that cannot simply be treated as insignificant or marginal. Of late, some of the most bizarre conspiracy theories have been making their way into the mainstream public space, and into official politics. The most striking case is probably the connection between QAnon and the person and politics of Donald Trump. The article first analyses some of the reasons for some conspiracy theories becoming mainstream, and then proceeds to examine three crucial aspects of conspiracy theories: the category of the big Other as big Manipulator, the passion for interpretation, and the inner link between making sense and enjoyment.

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Published
2020-12-31
How to Cite
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Zupančič A. A Short Essay on Conspiracy Theories. FV [Internet]. 2020Dec.31 [cited 2021Oct.17];41(3). Available from: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/filozofski-vestnik/article/view/9881