Monday, January 16, 2012

The hermeneutics of suspicion as fundamentally mechanistic, and in that sense illiberal

The "reductive program [of the Laplacean fallacy], applied to politics, entails the idea that political action is necessarily shaped by force, motivated by greed and fear, with morality used as a screen to delude the victims."

     Michael Polanyi, Personal knowledge: towards a post-critical philosophy, pt. 2, chap. 6, sec. 2 ((London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1962 [1958]), 141). 

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