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Dan Merkur

Drawing on phenomenology and his clinical practice, the author explores religious experience and the dynamics of the numinous. The article opens with the argument that psychoanalysts, like religious healers, should be able to work with religious phenomena as part of psychoanalytic therapy. The origin of the term 'numinous' is explained, and two types of human religious experience, mysterium tremendum and fascinans, are detailed. The role of anxiety in converting a metaphorical illusion (fascinans) into a private symbol (mysterium tremendum) is described. The terms by which religion can be viewed alternatively as delusion, illusion, and tenable speculation are discussed. A patient's religious concerns with the sacred and the profane are presented as symptoms of the repression of numinous experiences. Therapy can be promoted through a psychoanalytic dialogue on the patient's religiosity and its partial replication of early object relations.

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Noel N. Sauer

waylaid by the charge that it is caught-up in the very “illusion of immanence” that Sartre himself decries throughout both The Imagination and The Imaginary . Richard Kearney writes, “Sartre’s theory of the mental image comes perilously close to the

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Alexis Chabot

Translator : Ârash Aminian Tabrizi

how much Sartre assimilates belief and neurosis. In Les Mots and L’Idiot de la famille , neurosis is basically one’s belief one is in command ( une croyance de commande ), a shelter in illusion against the only logical consequence of freedom

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Nonrecording states between legibility and looking away

Barak Kalir and Willem van Schendel

mainstreaming of recording practices across the international state system, these power differences often generate simulated performances: externally, states may project an illusion of vigorous recording, while they actually maintain or intensify the arbitrary

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When the Future Is Hard to Recall

Episodic Memory and Mnemonic Aids in Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival

Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski

that what we thought of as the past is really the future fosters the feeling that we are suddenly looking ahead in time along with Louise. It is an illusion of clairvoyance that induces a feeling of shock and amazement similar to that which such

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Stephen Eric Bronner, J.M. Coetzee, Raymond Geuss, Pedro Alexis Tabensky, and Raimo Tuomela

Imagining the Possible: Radical Politics for Conservative Times Stephen Eric Bronner

Stranger Shores: Essays 1986-1999 J.M. Coetzee

History and Illusion in Politics Raymond Geuss

Happiness: Personhood, Community, Purpose Pedro Alexis Tabensky

The Philosophy of Social Practices: A Collective Acceptance View Raimo Tuomela

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Mark J.P. Wolf

Just as perceptual gestalten complete images and narrative gestalten complete storylines, both encouraging audiences to fill in missing information based on the information provided, the data pertaining to an imaginary world can collectively generate a world logic that helps audiences extrapolate and fill in gaps, resulting in the illusion of a complete and consistent imaginary world, through we what might call world gestalten. This article examines how these gestalten occur and function, how they contribute to the illusion of a complete world, and the importance of this process to transmedial entertainment franchises that are set in imaginary worlds.

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Ilkka Pyysiäinen

The question of how we should understand the fact that Durkheim calls religion 'a variety of illusion (délire)' has recently been discussed in this journal. In the following, I briefly outline a new interpretation, leaving its more detailed development to a later publication. I argue that Durkheim's notion of religion as drawing from Boyer's idea of counterintuitive representations can further develop illusion. Also Durkheim's idea of the social as the basis of religion partly relates to some of Boyer's arguments and those of other cognitive scientists of religion. It, too, can be elaborated in the light of some recent cognitive-evolutionary considerations.

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Daniel Breslau

Hess, David J. 2012. Good Green Jobs in a Global Economy: Making and Keeping New Industries in the United States. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Verbong, Geert, and Derk Loorbach, eds. 2012. Governing the Energy Transition: Reality, Illusion or Necessity? New York: Routledge.

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Militarized Democracies

The Neoliberal Mexican State and the Chiapas Uprising

Heidi Moksnes

The neoliberal state, this article argues, displays structural contradictions between the need to create economic stability and the demand to display democratic structures where the human rights of the citizens are respected. As the discourse of human rights is increasingly used also by marginalized groups, the apparent convergence in human rights objectives may be a dangerous illusion.