Monday, April 04, 2005

Philosophical rigour

Continuing our series on professional anxieties... one of my favourite passages from Kant appears at the end of the B-Deduction:
I consider the division by numbered paragraphs as necessary up to this point, because thus far we have had to treat of the elementary concepts. We have now to give an account of their employment, and the exposition may therefore proceed in continuous fashion, without such numbering.

This is humbling to an extraordinary degree. What chance do we have to justify our conclusions, if, unlike the master, we cannot even justify our typsetting, or font?


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