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The unique eludes us; yet we remain faithful to the ideal of it; and in spite of sense and of our merely abstract thinking, it bec ...
Man you can define; but the true essence of any man, say, for instance, of Abraham Lincoln, remains the endlessly elusive and myst ...
I teach at Harvard that the world and the heavens, and the stars are all real, but not so damned real, you see.
A self is, by its very essence, a being with a past. One must look lengthwise backwards in the stream of time in order to see the ...
Only the more uncompromising of the mystics still seek for knowledge in a silent land of absolute intuition, where the intellect f ...
Philosophers have actually devoted themselves, in the main, neither to perceiving the world, nor to spinning webs of conceptual th ...
No consensus of men can make an error erroneous. We can only find or commit an error, not create it. When we commit an error, we s ...
If usually the "present age" is no very long time, still, at our pleasure, or in the service of some such unity of meaning as the ...
The individual as such is never the mere result of law. In consequence, the causal explanation of an object never defines its indi ...
By an individual being, whatever one's metaphysical doctrine, one means an unique being, that is, a being which is alone of its ow ...
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