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INDOCTRINATION AND SELF-DECEPTION OR FREE AND CRITICAL THOUGHT?

by Roderick Hindery

MELLEN PRESS An international scholarly publisher of advanced research.

This study operates on three levels. First, it illustrates the contemporary pervasiveness of indoctrination and ideology. Second, it correlates successful resistance to them with the intensity by which persons affirm not simply ideas, but experiences of self, freedom, love and critical thinking. Third, its approach, which is philosophical, differs from conventional studies by creatively examining the affective and ‘conversational’ dynamics of critical thought.


…a welcome contribution to the ongoing debate regarding the ontological validity of human freedom. His illuminating study is as stimulating as it is pioneering, as inclusive as it is incisive, and as profound as it is subtly nuanced. In seven chapters, he thoroughly explores every aspect of his subject, from an analysis of propaganda and indoctrination (with concrete illustrations drawn from contemporary political life to an ex­amination of indoctrination, self-deception, and religion (with strategies for combating self-deception).

– George E. Saint-Laurent


Table of Contents:

Preface; Introduction

  1. Propaganda and Indoctrination. Terms and methods; Strategies at the Far Left, Far Right and Mainstream; the Co-option of Intellectuals: Justifications for Self- and Other deception
  2. Contrasting Ideology and Theory. Negative Aspects of Cultural Fundamentalism
  3. Verifications of Freedom: Contrasting Determinist, Existential, and Experiential Claims About Freedom
  4. Free Selves: Indoctrination or Reality? Correlating Consciousness of Self-identity and Resisting Indoctrination
  5. The Fullness of Freedom: Confirming the Other. Ideology or its Cure?
  6. Critical Thought and Feeling. Logical, Conversational and Affective Components
  7. Indoctrination, Self-deception, and Religion. Strategies for Combating Self-deception; Thought Experiments

Afterword; Bibliography; Indexes of names and subjects

0-7734.7407-2 $89.95/£49.95 236 pp. 2001

About the Author: Roderick Hindery, now retired, taught from 1968-1997 as a professor in social and comparative ethics in the Religious Studies Departments of Temple University, California State University at Northridge and Fullerton; also at Arizona State University. His major publications include the seminal book, Comparative Ethics in Hindu and Buddhist Traditions, and many papers and essays about comparative religious ethics and social issues.


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