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Title:  The Logics of Delusion Author:  Remo Bodei Series:  Contemporary European Cultural Studies Imprint:  The Davies Group, Publishers soft cover 148 pp. USD  18.00 ISBN 978-1-888570915 October  2006 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. Contents Introduction Chapter 1 The Legacy of the Past Chapter 2 Digressions of Truth Chapter 3 Truth and History Chapter 4 Logic and Affects Afterword Notes Bibliography Author 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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