Social Psychologoy and the Paradox of Revolution
2007 (English)In: South African Journal of Philosophy, ISSN 0258-0136, Vol. 26, no 2, 228-238 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
According to the gunman theory many revolutions do not take place, in spite of the fact that the majority stands to gain if they can put an end to the oppression exercised over it, since a gunman can see to it that egoistic individuals have no incentive to take part in the revolution. Champions of the idea that there is a paradox of revolution go further: Even if individuals care about the common good, they will not take action. This is wrong. If they care about the common good revolution will take place. This is good news. The bad news is, however, that those conditions, as we find them in social psychological literature, that are helpful to the revolutionary cause tend to get undermined by the oppressive system when it is well functioning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 26, no 2, 228-238 p.
paradox of revolution, social psychology, social dilemma, oppression
Research subject Practical Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-10206ISI: 000248463400011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-10206DiVA: diva2:176725
PSSA 2007 Conference, Univ. Stellenbosch, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA ,Jan 2007