Materialism, legitimacy and reconciliation with human nature
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In conjunction with critical idealism, mimetic forms of materialism suggest that the possibilities for non-oppressive syntheses and realities are bound up with a libertarian union of intellect and feeling, planning and spontaneity. Reconsidered in the light of critical idealism, politics becomes an end in itself which is concerned with freedom and legitimacy in epistemological terms rather than with power and hegemony in disciplinary terms. The problems related to coerced reconciliation are especially difficult to pinpoint in liberal democratic legal systems, where authorisation is indirect and hegemony is more prevalent than outright force and propaganda. Reconciliation with external nature through libertarian socialism enables the expression of values to enter an aesthetic and cognitive dimension. The systematic appropriation of the knowledge of human nature of some citizens by others can be described as an appropriation of individual aesthetic value.

Beyond hegemony

Towards a new philosophy of political legitimacy


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