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At the same time, no one could make sense of historical and cultural particulars if those particulars were absolutely alien--if, say, the minds of people in the Renaissance were unbridgeably different from our own.
The revolutionary universalism of 1789 also necessitated central control, but the concept itself was incompatible with the nation-state which emerged side by side from the same events, unbridgeably dividing the believers in the one from the believers in the other--Left from Right--for two long centuries.
84) He went on to provide a plot summary from his viewpoint," intended to "replace the non-existent novel with the one I actually wrote,"(86) knowing nevertheless that the reading priorities were unbridgeably far apart, and that legally potent simplifications had irretrievably influenced the tone of the rest of the media controversy: