“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

Monday, May 28, 2012

Kant Thank You

Thank you everyone who helped me yesterday, whose names are too numerous to mention—but I'm writing you individually. Cameron Keys has a good observation in his comment on it:

Interesting choice of a passage, by the way.
Kant is presupposing the infinite universe of Newton. Assuming that our milky way is part of a milky way of milky ways, and so on, this "represents our Imagination with its entire freedom from bounds, and with it Nature, as a mere nothing in comparison with the Ideas of Reason..." This is an interesting moment, when Reason reduces Nature to "a mere nothing." Wow.

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