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Part II Dualisms and confusions Flashback: the infamous history of the ‘two sciences’ thesis

Things are not so clear, of course, when the authoritarian movement is currently powerful. Then the intellectual pretension really looks like profundity, the political aspirations appear to be no more than are just and long overdue and somehow the proclamation of a new dawning of human thought doesn’t seem at all like fanaticism. The logical mistakes which permeate this pseudo-intellectual life are not identified as such but rather seem to suggest new and sophisticated ways of thinking-ways which have broken free of the old restrictions. Only the crass, those imprisoned in the old forms, could so miss the subtlety of what is going on to think them straightforward mistakes. Power-or fear-has the effect of numbing the mind.