chapter  7
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Moving beyond hermeneutics

Baudrillard would probably make the counter-claim that Veblen, Freud and Durkheim were just three hermeneutic interpreters among many whose interpretations are on a par with any TV commentary. And if the individual is the enemy of civilization, why do we not live perpetually in Hobbes's state of war? (Some might suggest that humanity is approaching Hobbes's vision.) The answers to these and other questions based on our philosophical and cultural starting-points are that there is a reality beneath the Kantian world of appearances, and that reality is the irrational will. Moreover, the will is constructive as well as destructive. Hobbes and the modernists forgot Plato's myth, in which Eros binds, builds, and holds peoples as well as the Universe together through affinity and other derivatives of love.