Idealism, legality and reconciliation with external nature
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This chapter shows how a materialist reformulation of idealist philosophy provides the broad outlines of a theory of critical idealism that bears directly upon the organisation of the labour process and the first condition of legitimate law concerning humanity and external nature. It argues that the theorisation of a feasible reconciliation between humanity and external nature turns on the possibility of formulating a revised form of idealism. The chapter establishes the links between idealism, legality and the institutional bases of reconciliation. In accordance with the critique of metaphysics, rational thought is thinking that liberates humanity from the dependence on faith and the darkness of superstition, but only on condition that the mind is able to recognise and apprehend the products of thought as its own productions.

Beyond hegemony

Towards a new philosophy of political legitimacy


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