“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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Boundary I Can Believe In

Luke writes: "Are there any boundaries for you that aren't arbitrary and metaphysical?"

I didn't say "metaphysical." I said "metaphysics of presence."

Anyway, yes, definitely: the ontological scission between essence and appearance. This cannot be located anywhere in ontically given spacetime, and so is not subject to the metaphysics of presence.

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