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Fundamentalism, radicalization and terrorism

A Psychoanalytic lecture clarifying the elements overlapping these three phenomena

Particularly since the events of September 11, 2001, the phenomena of fundamentalism, radicalization and terrorism have become fused in the public mind, partly under the influence of the political and military reaction described as 'War on Terrorism'. While there is clearly an important overlap in the religious thinking of some fundamentalists, the political agenda of many radical groups and the violent activities of those who use the tactics of terrorism in certain current circumstances, confused thinking is rarely helpful in addressing such profoundly difficult and dangerous matters. In this lecture Lord Alderdice will apply a psychoanalytical approach to clarifying the boundaries and overlapping elements in these three phenomena. The hope is that such thinking will permit a more reflective response to these clear and present dangers.


Lord John Alderdice | talks


Date and Time:

12 June 2009 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Institute of Psychoanalysis
112a Shirland Road
W9 2EQ
020 7563 5000

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