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21. The Trinity Formula

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Dialectical theology differs from some 'scientific' approaches in economics, in as much as the former is the product of imagination and is founded on solid logical principles, whereas the latter formalise the social imaginary at its unrefined state and present the original chaos and illusory representation as a scientific requirement and indisputable truth. In this trinity, alienation and reification merge and become indistinguishable. Marx speaks of fetish and mystification, not because he is dealing with a spiritual reality that he cannot cast in a dubious materialism, but because he is in the presence of an immaterial-spiritual, if one prefers-reality that appears, to the social imagination, as a natural and eternal reality inherent to perceptible things as one of their physical properties. The transformation of the relations of production into things and the personification of things are, as it were, its natural environment.

Keywords: dialectical theology; social imagination; spiritual reality; trinity formula



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