Werner HeisenbergFüssen, Germany — Photo by Malte Schmidt on Unsplash

The 6 crises of Secular Liberalism and the Legitimation Crisis

Meaning — Truth — Epistemology — Reason — Social Justice — Role of the State — in a high dimensional – complex – emergent Material World



“The first and fundamental law of Nature, which is, to seek peace and follow it” …

― Thomas Hobbes

“God, who hath given the world to men in common, hath also given them reason to make use of it to the best advantage of life, and convenience. The earth, and all that is therein, is given to men for the support and comfort of their being”

- John Locke

Liberalism, Secularism, Democracy, the Social Contract , Public Sphere and the State

Democracy provides the nexus between the Individual and State by ensuring the State had to seek the consent of the people it governs through a process of human agency — e.g. voting, elections, civic engagement, Public Sphere[13g].

Secular Liberalism in the late 20th and early 21st Century

Humanity had now apparently eliminated all the Complexity[9] & Uncertainty[10] of Reality — overcoming the inherent nature of the Human Condition[11] — the celebration of an Orthodoxy[12], a Modern Utopia[13] and a Scientific Technocracy[14][35]

A World of Materialism and Reductionism anchored in an increasingly abstract forms of Reasoning & Logic.

Absolute Truths, Control, Certainty and Knowing.

A Classical World of Clocks rather than a Quantum World of Clouds & Clocks.

A World where the Individual was at the centre of our Material World.

Why have Friction and Human Relationships — Integrity, Benevolence, Reliability & Capability — when you can have the Blockchain and Proof of Work?

The six crises of Secular Liberalism

Crisis of Meaning

Crisis of Reason

“Cogito, ergo sum”.[33]

- Rene Descartes

“I think, therefore I am”[33] .

“The greatest weakness of the quantitative approach is that it decontextualizes human behavior, removing an event from its real-world setting and ignoring the effects of variables not included in the model”…

- Christian Madsbjerg

“The Cartesian partition has penetrated deeply into the human mind during the 3 centuries following Descartes, and it will take a long time for it to be replaced by a really different attitude towards the problem of Reality”…

- Werner Heisenberg

“Abduction is the process of forming an explanatory hypothesis. It is the only logical operation which introduces any new idea; for induction does nothing but determine a value and deduction merely evolves the necessary consequences of a pure hypothesis”…

— Charles Sanders Peirce

Crisis of Social Justice

Crisis of Truth

“The metaphysics that a new generation is imbibing and everyone else is being force-fed has many points of instability, is grounded in a desire to express certainty about things we do not know, and to be wildly dismissive and relativistic about things that we actually do know”…

— Douglas Murray

We either had absolute Algorithmic Truths or No Truths rather than a Hegelian Dialectic– a thesis & antithesis to arrive at a synthesis.

An absence of integrating both our Mental World & Material World – a Pragmatism — Open Inquiry — a Dialectic – a common Public Sphere to navigate a complex Material World.

Crisis of Epistemology

Meta Physics from Physics

Semantic Abstraction from Computation

Materialism from Idealism

Reason from Meaning

Mind from the Body.

We were viewing the Material World as a Mechanical Machine consisting of discrete parts rather than a Dynamic Complex Adaptive System.

Algorithmic Management being universally applied.

“Philosophy ought to imitate the successful sciences in its methods, so far as to…trust rather to the multitude and variety of its arguments than to the conclusiveness of any one. Its reasoning should not form a chain which is no stronger than its weakest link, but a cable whose fibres may be ever so slender, provided they are sufficiently numerous and intimately connected”…

- Charles Sanders Peirce

Crisis of the role of the State

A collapse in the Public Sphere.

Was Government in exchange for its right to govern — granted by the people — still playing the role of providing the checks and balances on power in supporting the liberty, democracy and protection of citizens or were small groups of people increasingly shaping Society?[44][26b]

Final Thoughts


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