Sunday, October 26, 2014
"...when you study philosophy [in college] you remember just enough to screw you up for the rest of your life." - Steve Martin
Anyway, a friend of mine posted the above on my home page the other day. He remarked, "I read the condensed version of the Critique of Pure Reason. It was 100 pages longer than the original."
Well, Kant IS hard to read. A review of the philosophical literature makes it clear.
"1. It is said that Kant is incomprehensible. 2. On the other hand it is also held that Kant is impossible to understand. 3. Therefore it is clear that Kant is both incomprehensible and impossible to understand." - Aquinas on Kant
"Kant is impossible to understand."
"You are certainly right, Socrates." - Plato on Kant
"Insulting clarity." - Nietzsche on Kant
"Kant, is, um, how do you zay in English.... he is un, hmn, .... " (waving around Galois cigarette held between second and third fingers, takes sip of undrinkable French coffee) ... "...un, je ne sais quoi.... he does not speak to me, no yes?" - Sartre on Kant
"Im Kant sind keinen Sein im Dasein." - Heidegger on Kant
"Kant smiles on us all. All a man can do is smile back." - Marcus Aurelius on Kant
"Men suck." - Gloria Steinem on Kant
"Gloria Steinem sucks, but not in a good way. And Kant? He’s impossible, you know? All right?" - Camille Paglia on Steinem on Kant
"I will understand Kant." -Schopenhauer on Kant
I realize I’m getting very low Marx for these. So in conclusion, all I can do is join with Augustine of Hippo who said:
"Lord God, let me understand Kant.... but not yet."
Posted by (c)2014 Richard L. Kent, Esq. (MichiganSilverback at gmail dot com) at 7:13 PM