“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Friday, December 10, 2010

Things are Afoot in the World of Realist Magic

...but I'm having trouble blogging about them today, since I have a lot of graduate and undergraduate work to grade. And I'm taking my daughter to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I always liked this installment as a novel—we'll see how it holds up in 3D (no less).

To my distress I've learned that very students can distinguish between a piece of Burke and a piece of Kant (on the sublime). This is crucial because the Burkean sublime is about authority and the Kantian sublime is about freedom. You know which one you prefer. Both are correlationist. But you know which one is modernity and which one is a feudal throwback that only David Cameron, some mounted police and the Shock and Awe bombing raiders believe in.

Maybe I need to hold some more classes on this—I thought I'd really drilled it into them (we spent at least two hours just on this alone).

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