Has Conspiracy Theory Run Out of Steam?

Clare Birchall, Peter Knight

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This chapter reassesses the critique of critique, specifically the relationship between critique and conspiracy theory, in light of recent political, technological, and epistemic developments. It focuses on the way that conspiracy theory comes to serve as a straw man in certain arguments against the hermeneutics of suspicion. Pausing on these metaphorical mobilizations of conspiracy theory, it asks what difference it makes to the discussion about critique if we take on board the manifestation, mediation, and meaning of conspiracy theories in circulation today.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheory Conspiracy
EditorsFrida Beckman, Jeffrey R. Di Leo
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781000958041
ISBN (Print)9781032450162
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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