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Pronoia, perinoia, paranoia: genre, terms and historical semantic

My goal is to sketch the semantic history of a number of terms involving the Greek word nous and a number of prefixes, which give a more precise meaning – perinoia, pronoia, paranoia. I compare this line of composed terms to another, involving the Greek phren/phron with a prefix – notably in paraphrenia. I start with an obvious mistake in reading the semantic history of the term pronoia, found in interpretations of contemporary popular culture, especially SF literature and film: and yet, the semantic potential of these terms in defining genre is still enormous. In order to expand the usages and more precise application, I propose to pay more attention to the use of these terms not just in ancient philosophical, but also in ancient literary texts, especially Aristophanes.


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Issue No. 266 - Social Psychopathology and Paranoia
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2016 , volume volume 44 , issue issue 266
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