Urban theory, rooted — somewhere along the way — as it often is; in transcendence; the transcendental or Platonic idealism, is a sparkling lure drawing us towards a future that may be nothing more than a figment of our imaginations; an idea, picture, image of thought that best suits us, our tribe; race; nation; politics or vision of the 'good life'. These 'zombie categories', with their "mobile army of metaphors" blunt our imaginations with a "belief in the hidden order of things that is neither experienced not capable of being experienced." This is a false consciousness, because it only requires that one believe in the beyond while never needing to actually go beyond it and "meet the gaze of the other."
The transcendent beyond of Platonic idealism is a hall of mirrors, into which we gaze looking for a a legislative principle, a framework, a justification. But if we took the time to gaze long enough we would see that what we thought was a 'beyond' is nothing more than a distorted image of the present. A multiplicity of our images of thought reflecting back at us. For the image in the mirror is our image. No wonder the lure of the 'future' is so attractive.