Originally Posted by Lucius
This is all very much OMH, of course(though I'm very much in agreement with the chorus of the song). But I would hazard to say that we may have some confidence when we say what things are not(as opposed to what they are).
This is all very much in the spirit of not ploughing through Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.
I was just brushing the dust off my old Arthur Mee's Collection of Children's Encyclopedias this morning when I opened a random page on Kant - it simply said he thought there was a spiritual world beyond the senses; at once my enthusiaism was restored; with the wikipediaisation of knowledge I'd forgotten how direct and simple, difficult thoughts used to be conveyed. They were written just after the war and I used to 'plough through them' as a child. I almost resolved on the spot to tackle the Kantian monster one last time - almost I say - after all, why reach for apples when we can have the fruits of the field - but then, they are so coarse,
and the highest branches do seem to yield the most nourishing fare. If only I could overcome my extraordinary laziness I would borrow a ladder and make my first foray.