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In this instance identity thinking in practice reduces the dialectic of nature as fate and freedom to the re-naturalized ideology of differing talents and their neutral adjudication in a democratic order that in principle champions the right before the good. Horkheimer and Adorno may well have regarded the return to these ultimately premodern theoretical reflexes as indicative of the resurgence of mythological explanation and justification. They certainly are in little doubt about the compatibility of mythological thinking with the relentlessness of the culture industry.
Jameson’s ‘Afterword’ to the volume explains the contemporary relevance of these thinkers and their ideas. 30 Sascha Bru, Democracy, Law and the Modernist Avant-Gardes: Writing in the State of Exception, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2009; Ravit Reichman, The Affective Life of Law: Legal Modernism and the Literary Imagination, Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2009. It is interesting to note that Galileo’s account of scientific validity, which brought him into trouble with the religious–political authority of Roman Catholicism, had a major impact on the formulation of Kant’s critical epistemological project, which, broadly following Habermas’ reading of Kant during the Strukturwandel period, retains a political potential which is by no means insignificant.
Rousseau’s general will manifests truth content beyond the sum of individual wills; while the latter can at times yield erroneous decisions, the former, he insists, is always right. In this way popular sovereignty presupposes the unity of morality and politics required to make democracy possible and the early modern state, now bereft of credible recourse to divine right, legitimate beyond mere legality. According to Rousseau’s account of humanity’s exit from the state of nature, the fictive social contract making all subsequent contracts valid can not be derived from logic or actual political experience.