Belief need not apply

The ideology of instrumental reason, interpreted as realism without ideology, valorizes the production of models. In the past, this meant limiting the power of belief, forbidding irrationality as formal constraints from models in order to better apprehend the objective nature of the process under study. The result was, first, the loss of objectively good ends in life (which is of course only a model) and, second, the removal of ideological means to reach the now radically atomized ends.

 Rationality ended in the coordination of a field of all the forces save those that are most human – faith, culture, intentional reasons. The removal of the subject from subjective reason instantiates an objective world view that bleeds into a normative belief system – one that binds the very freedom it seemed to enshrine. Indeed, the method is certainly scientific, but its values of reduction and elegance risk strait jacketing our models with simplicity. Its not that these methods are not an invaluable tool to create  a more equitable world, but that equity slides out of view as priority is placed on the necessary short term actions of practicality.

We opened up a new vista of de-ethicized means, believing fidelity to the models would achieve aims always one more iterations away. Faith in the model shaped the behavior of actors in the model. Now, to increase the finesse and accuracy of models predicting the movements of non-ideological actors, the actors fluency and belief in the models must be added to the models. While belief always had power, removing the prohibition on belief in models has made realists more self aware (if no less instrumental), removing our age’s limitation on belief in belief. Instrumental rationality, in trying to coordinate means and ends in the most efficient manner, is re-infusing ideality into the objective, and brought us right back to where we always already were.

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