Oh, Kant, you crazy guy…Posted: November 1, 2011
In this week’s edition of Things Philosophers Get Away With in Their Books That I Could Never Get Away With, Ever…Immanuel Kant!
In the part of the book where the really important thing that he’s doing is describing these certain categories, Kant identifies them by name, and then just quits without any description of what they really mean. This is what he says:
In this treatise, I purposely omit the definitions of the categories, although I may be in possession of them.
He’s a sneaky one. Doesn’t commit himself to anything too incriminating.
I’m going to try that in my next essay, or, better yet, tutorial.
Tutor: So X is our topic this week. Tell me about it.
Me: Well, our topic X.
Tutor: Could you tell me a little more about it, describe it perhaps? Do you even know what X means?
Me: I may be in possession of that information, but I have purposely omitted it.
Tutor: *ninja stars me in the neck*
…And that is why I leave some rhetorical strategies to the experts.