The Modern State as Concrete Universal

Public debate becomes impossible in the Twilight of the State. Diverse political and ideological currents – critical of the failings of modern State--, directly demand the erasure of the separation of powers, the political utilization of justice and the privilege of politics over law. The functional separation of economy, religion, law, and politics not only … Continue reading The Modern State as Concrete Universal

La España Permanente en el Ocaso de las Naciones

Ayer la Justicia Española envió a prisión preventiva a la mayoría de los miembros del ex-gobierno de la comunidad autónoma de Cataluña, encausados por rebelión. Mientras continúo trabajando en un libro --que ya tiene muchos años de preparación y que espero acabar pronto--, los sucesos de España me absorben de una forma inusitada. No es … Continue reading La España Permanente en el Ocaso de las Naciones

On Fiske’s Elementary Forms of Sociality (2)

The reader may know the work of Charles B. Handy, a British organisation theorist who summarised his knowledge in the books "Understanding Organisations" and "The Gods of Management." Handy's theories were frequently quoted in academic and business management publications, as they gave a compact way of describing the various possible "styles" of organisational management. The … Continue reading On Fiske’s Elementary Forms of Sociality (2)

On Fiske’s Elementary Forms of Sociality (1)

In “The Self-Organizing Social Mind,” (MIT, 2010) John Bolender presents an interesting but slanted account of Alan P.Fiske’s Relational Model of sociality, as well as a theory of how these models might be explained. The essence of Bolender’s explanation is the notion of “symmetry breaking” as applied to forms of sociality. But, going away from … Continue reading On Fiske’s Elementary Forms of Sociality (1)

The Quadrature : Le Quadriparti – La Cuadratura

The Quadrature has been formulated and discovered or re-discovered many times in history. A book might be written to explain how and when the Quadrature is forgotten or recedes into the background. Perhaps the least understood formulation is that of Martin Heidegger. As M. Robitaille notes, following the studies by Jean-Francois Mattéi, Heideger´s “quadrature” (Geviert … Continue reading The Quadrature : Le Quadriparti – La Cuadratura

Les Deux Carrosses by Claude Gillot (circa 1707)

The painting Les Deux Carrosses by Claude Gillot presents a scene of street-level conflict where two carts pulled by servants are blocking each other. The characters in the painting, arranged around the binary opposition of the cart pullers (who are almost touching) gesticulate grotesquely. One of them is masked, and all are dressed in rich … Continue reading Les Deux Carrosses by Claude Gillot (circa 1707)

Nihilism and Meaning Come Together

In “Against Philosophical Appeasement” ( http://www.reocities.com/Athens/Thebes/dcs11.htm ) Anthony and Mary Mansueto write a magnificent indictment of nihilism, which starts as follows: “Nothing is harder for this sceptical age than to believe that the universe ultimately has meaning –except, perhaps, the idea that such a belief is not only warranted, but is in fact commanded, by … Continue reading Nihilism and Meaning Come Together

The broken “moral unity of man” according to F. Schlegel

Only a philosophical study of history may reach to its deeper secrets. In particular, if we seek a meaning, it is essential to look for completeness. Schlegel may be wrong in assuming an original unity of “nations,” but his diagnosis of the status of the mind in the modern world seems right. The following text … Continue reading The broken “moral unity of man” according to F. Schlegel

Alexander: “Independent Regions”

For many years, the following text from Christopher Alexander (A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, 1977) has been a fundamental reference for my understanding of the problems of human development.   “INDEPENDENT REGIONS “Metropolitan regions will not come to balance until each one is small and autonomous enough to be an independent sphere of culture. Therefore: … Continue reading Alexander: “Independent Regions”