Saturday, March 20, 2010

Who Does This Remind Me Of?

“It is indeed a great gift from heaven to posses proper or (as it has been recently been called) plain common sense. But this common sense must be shown in deeds, by well-considered and reasonable thoughts and words, not by appealing to it as an oracle when one can provide no rational justification. To appeal to common sense, when insight and science fail, and no sooner—this is one of the subtle discoveries of modern times by means of which the shallowest babbler can safely engage the most thorough thinker and hold his own. But as long as a bit of insight remains, no one would think of having recourse to this subterfuge. Seen in the light of day, what is it but an appeal to the opinion of the multitude, of whose applause the philosopher is ashamed, while the popular charlatan glories and boasts in it?”

- Immanuel Kant, Preface to the Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics

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