chapter  3
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Democracy and the Role of Coercion in Huṃan Affairs

ItsexemptionfromsociallawsisthepersonalembodimentofutopianreasoninginSorel'ssyndicalism.Themythologicalbasisofhis doctrineoftheState,farfrombeinganassettoarevolutionarytheory ofsociety,provedtobeSorel'sgreatestliability,forhereproducesa portionofthepragmaticacquiescence:anacceptanceofthespontaneousandapocalypticviewofsocialchange.TheveryviewofhistoryandchangewhichSorelridiculesinEnlightenmentphilosophy, becomeshissupremeideologicalburden.Andsinceheeschewedthe possibilityofascientificsociology,hewasleftwithadogmatic emotivismemulatinginferocityanythingproducedbyinternecine tendenciesofmedievalsociety.