With the arrogance of youth, I determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and blessed, and the work goes on. -- William Morris

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Do you know who it is?

"He recognizes a natural and inexpungable metaphysical exigence to think beyond, to think the ultimate, even if we are denied "legitimated" theoretical knowing of its nature and being. Recall, for instance, his distinction between a "boundary" and a "limit." In our search for univocal knowing, there springs up an equivocal longing for what epistemically is denied to us. I see him bordering on a supreme tension: committed to respect what he saw as the limit, and yet impelled to think at the boundary of the limit, and indeed beyond; pulled on the one side back with the limit, driven out from finitude on the other side, but driven out without the relatively secure univocities of the former.

He is between finitude and infinity, though he often masks that intermediacy in a manner more intent on securing coherent univocity within the between, and letting the equivocal darkness beyond take care of itself. In truth, however, these two sides cannot be kept from each other in an uncontaminated purity."

Who is this person?

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  • At 2/17/2009 10:14 PM, Blogger D. W. McClain said…

    A comment from Desmond's God and the Between (p. 97), regarding Kant's transcendental morality.. or whatever.

  • At 2/17/2009 11:09 PM, Blogger X-Cathedra said…

    I too was going to say "Manny" Kant, "The Categorical Imperator." Who else has such a fetish for limits?


    Pax Christi,

  • At 2/18/2009 9:14 AM, Blogger I.Kant said…

    Yes, yes. Indeed. Fetishes and limits. That's my thing.


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