Fragmented Utopias: Some Counter-Cultural and Poststructuralist Notions of Ultimate Reality and Meaning

Pennings, Mark W. (2006) Fragmented Utopias: Some Counter-Cultural and Poststructuralist Notions of Ultimate Reality and Meaning. Journal of Ultimate Reality and Meaning, 29(1-2), pp. 97-109.

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This paper examines radical propositions that the ultimate reality was a constantly shifting and euphoric flux of fragmentary forces. In the history of ideas these models of reality were proposed by counter-cultural and poststructuralist theorists who wanted to liberate consciousness from an instrumental social reality. For thinkers such as R.D. Laing, Timothy Leary and Deleuze and Guattari conditions such as schizophrenia and the unconscious, and the role of desire and hallucinogenic drugs provided insight into an expanded psyche and access to the ultimate reality. Emerging from a tradition of intellectual dissent, and driven by an idealistic desire to cure the world’s ills, these writers placed their faith in misological and ecstatic utopias.

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ID Code: 7343
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Ultimate Reality, Timothy Leary, Psychedelic Consciousness, Deleuze and Guattari, Utopias
ISSN: 0709–549
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 University of Toronto Press
Deposited On: 04 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 03:00

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