The nature and sources of delusions

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


Vesntik TSU. Philosophy. 2014

The nature and sources of delusions

About the author:

Nadezhda N. Isachenko,


The article considers the problem to determine the sources of scientific,
commonplace and practical knowledge errors. It has been determined, that delusions
have epistemological, social, and psychological grounds. Their origin is the result
of the limited practice of scientific knowledge, the social transformation of society,
negative influence of the emotional state of an individual. It is determined, that the
psychological sources of errors are hereditary data, emotional and psychological state
of an individual, but also passions, among which pride is in the first place. Social
background of delusions is social injustice and social transformation that destroyed the
traditional foundations of society and formed a heterogeneous social-cultural space.
The representatives of various social classes are guided by different ideas, norms, which
contribute to the emergence of ressentiment. Being influenced by ressentiment, groups
of people are able to create a new morality, to penetrate into all social layers of the
society, to take inappropriate, anti-social actions. The author proposes to overcome
errors by improving the social conditions, developing the knowledge, rebuilding world
view of the subject.


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