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Posts Tagged ‘reason’

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Mythic Figure Magician-King Jurist-Priest
Operation Conquest Contract
(method) (bond) (pact)
Medieval Technique Discipline Confession
(substance / operation) (body / force) (self / reflection)
Modern Organ Police Publicity
(means / effect) (order / splendor & happiness) (reason / right & will)
Science Policy Public
(scientific task / connaissance) (prevention / statistics) (legitimacy / consensus)
Discipline Political Economy Public Opinion
(method) (axiomatics) (deliberation)
Mid-Century Political Form State Socialism Liberal Capitalism
Biopower The Spectacle

 

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The problem with the concept of ‘cynical reason’ is not that it gives us no hope but that it presumes that people are in the know and just don’t care. But really, the problem is that people don’t care to know. This means that there is still a power to knowing. Yet such a power has to be used as a weapon and not as a cure. For, if they don’t care to know, truth is only as good as it is more useful than illusion. [Because, the question is not why truth works but why illusion is so effective.]

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