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The origins and vicissitudes by which the field has passed have not always distinguished it from religion, alternative healing practices, superstition, and also charlatanism.
The truly dangerous terrain we approach is that where political-intellectual charlatanism and violent state policies generate strategies that make the Al-Qaeda threat much greater than it really is, or that promote new recruits for terror groups.
Beroalde's targets include smug and unreflective authority, egomania, religious corruption and persecution, the Church's obsession with heresy, medical charlatanism, deceptive business practices, pedantry, fanaticism, rampant sex and sexual violence, exploitative taxation and incoherent laws, theological abstractions, and the naivete of political utopias.
His book marks a stage in the move away from the earlier tendency to dismiss the imagination as a form of quackery and charlatanism to a consciousness of its multifaceted input in bodily processes.
While the story spins ironically on the wheels of corruption, charlatanism, and immorality, the development of the plot and its denouement lead to a picture of amorality, suggestive of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley and his amoral approach to gain and survival.
mania; and the racist charlatanism expressly manifest in Charles Murray's The Bell Curve.
Goode, "Encroachment, Charlatanism, and the Emerging Profession: Psychology, Sociology, and Medicine," American Sociological Review 25, No.
And by so doing he is encouraging the political charlatanism of the demagogues of AKEL and EDEK.
Only such a writer would have the requisite indifference to reproaches of disingenuousness, evasion, charlatanism, and cynicism as he went about preparing literary bulwarks against the 'ice age'.
The intellectual leaders of the age combined prophetic insights with heaps of outworn tradition, often spiced with a dash of charlatanism.
The trial of a woman for medical charlatanism in Paris (Pearl Kibre, "The Faculty of Medicine at Paris; Charlatanism and Unlicensed Medical Practice in the Later Middle Ages," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 27 [1953]: 1-28), and another in Provence (Joseph Shatzmiller and Rodrigue Lavoie, "Medecine et gynocologie au moyen-age: Un example provencal," Razo: Cahiers du Centre d'Etudes Medievales de Nice 4 [1984]: 133-143, for a malpractice trial from 1326), have similarities with the trials of those the inquisition tried as guaratrice, or healers.
He had attempted to stem the tide of political charlatanism, petty-mindedness and irrationality, a tide that swept everything before it including the last chance for a solution of our national problem.