Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Arisotle Weighs in on Recent Funding Cuts

Are you listening, crass utilitarian free marketeers?

At first he who invented any art whatever that went beyond the common perceptions of man was naturally admired by men, not only because there was something useful in the inventions, but because he was thought wise and superior to the rest. But as more arts were invented, and some were directed to the necessities of life, others to recreation, the inventors of the latter were naturally always regarded as wiser than the inventors of the former, because their branches of knowledge did not aim at utility. Hence when all such inventions were already established, the sciences which do not aim at giving pleasure or at the necessities of life were discovered, and first in the places where men first began to have leisure. This is why the mathematical arts were founded in Egypt; for there the priestly caste was allowed to be at leisure.
Metaphysics Alpha




1 comment:

Mark said...

This quote actually seems like it plays directly into their hands: if nonutilitarian study is the purview of a leisurely "priestly class", it's not hard to see where populist resentment calling for it to be axed would come from.