The Need for Transcendence: a conservative critique of emancipation ideology

Bidragets oversatte titel: Behovet for transcendens: en konservativ kritik af frigørelsesideologien

Søren Hviid Pedersen

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Resumé

The history of modern political history has been a history on how to escape the fallacies and wrongs of human existence in both its existential, ethical and political dimensions. In order to escape this confinement of unhappy worldly existence and alienation various forms of ideologies have emerged as responses and solutions. One preferred solution is to kill God, the transcendental ground of human existence. When this murder of God has been perpetrated the road to immanent salvation becomes an apparent viable solution. Various Marxist and post-Marxist strands of thought are a prolongation of this disregard of the transcendental. Their ultimate goal is the emancipation of mankind in the hope of leaping into the realm of freedom.

My argument is that this leap is doomed to failure and will only result in mass murderer and tyranny. The reason for this is that the various emancipation ideologies disregard the transcendental foundation of human existence and therefore indulge in ideological fantasies and myths of earthly paradise. In this regard there is no difference between ideological politics trying to install a political utopia or the so-called post-ideological attempts to unmask all previous ideologies and actions as illegitimate in the vain hope of formulating a new position beyond all other previous positions.

The only alternative to ideological fantasies is the acknowledgement that reality is grounded in the transcendental, in God. The transcendental is an ultimate experience of mankind and represents a acceptance of the mystery of being. This acceptance of the mystery of being is a reminder to any potential ideologist not to engage in fantasies and myths but rather to acknowledge the structure of human existence. This a conservative thesis and a strong one too!
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2009
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - 2009

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