Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Temporary but Unrepentant Umbilical to Furthur Thought-Insanity, Part XX

Orla-O(1): “ The word totalization is used by postmoderns as shorthand for the madness of reason; for the way the liberating powers of reason, spirit, and idea lead away from liberation towards ever-tightening confinement and control of reason, spirit, and idea. The Enlightenment figures didn’t at all intend or anticipate this. Totalization was reason leading to more expansive reason, leading to greater and greater freedom and realization of freedom as humanity overcame objective barriers to human freedom.”

Carlos-O(1): “ My formulaic ‘Enlightenment is the overcoming of totalization through critique’ might have, (in order to remove postmodern overcoding), been better stated, 'Enlightenment is the overcoming of tradition, custom, dogma, doxa through totalization.'”

Orla-O(1): “ In the Enlightenment totalization is a process of reasoning which frees the spirit, but by the time of postmodernity it has become the very name of the oppressive. It’s fitting this synonym of oppression within thought is associated with the work of Hegel. Hegel, for whom, ‘The state is the actuality of the ethical Idea. It is ethical mind qua the substantial will manifest and revealed to itself, knowing and thinking itself, accomplishing what it knows and in so far as it knows it. The state exists immediately in custom, mediately in individual self-consciousness, knowledge, and activity, while self-consciousness in virtue of its sentiment towards the state, finds in the state, as its essence and the end-product of its activity, its substantive freedom.’- The Philosophy of Right.”

Carlos-O(1): “Virtually no postmodern views the state as the instantiation of reason or the actuality of the ethical Idea… It’s almost unthinkable anyone ever did. I am not saying the contemporary unpopularity of his ideas means Hegel is refuted, invalidated, or exposed as a fraud, but I agree with you there is a kind of natural wisdom in identifying elements of Hegel’s thought with the very opposite of what Hegel intended by it…”


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