The Jealous Husband: Or why conspiracy theorists are always wrong, even when they are right.

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Henrik Jøker Bjerre - Lecturer

  • Department of Philosophy

Jacques Lacan said that a husband who is pathologically jealous from suspecting that his wife is sleeping with other men is still to be considered as a pathological case, even though his wife is in fact cheating on him. Regardless of possible factual evidence of the suspicion, it is the fanaticism in looking for it everywhere, which is of interest to psychoanalysis: Why does the guy invest everything into this one question? What are the fears that he avoids confronting through the obsession with every detail of her behaviour?

Isn't this structure very similar to the one which can be found in contemporary conspiracy theories? If we follow Lacan, conspiracy theorists are mostly pathological cases, regardless of the possible truth of their theories - what is at stake is the enjoyment in being on the track of "something big". Conspiracy theory thus effectively becomes a placebo answer to our post-political impasse. Instead of engaging in a struggle to change fundamental political structures, conspiracy theory maintains that everything would have been fine, if it wasn't only because... Are conspiracy theorists therefore ultimately End-of-History liberalists?

Emneord: Conspiracy theory, Lacan
28 Jul 2007

Event (Conference)

TitleThe Jealous Husband


  • Conspiracy theory, Lacan

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