All True Thought Contains a moment of Paranoia

Essays on technology, psycho­analysis, philosophy, design, ideology & Slavoj Žižek


June 15, 2011

All True Thought Contains a moment of Paranoia

Martin Jay in The Dialectical Imagination:

[Horkheimer and Adorno] argued that… paranoia was not simply a delusion. In its denial of the merely given, its mediation of immediacy, paranoia transcended a naive positivist understanding of the world. Thus, all true thought contained what might be called a moment of paranoia. In fact, in projecting its internal fears and desires onto an external object, paranoid thought expressed a distorted protest against the suppression of the reconciliation between particular and universal, a suppression that bourgeois society perpetuated behind its facade of universality.