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In lands I never saw -- they say
Immortal Alps look down --
Whose bonnets touch the firmament --
Whose sandals touch the town --

Meek at whose everlasting feet
A myriad daisy play --
Which, Sir, are you and which am I
Upon an August day?

Emily Dickinson
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Baron Degerando, elegant writer :)

XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,206 ✭✭✭✭✭
I am not sure if the last sentence is correct. Or perhaps there are more mistakes. :#

Here, Śniadecki dismantles Kant's distortive conceptual framework: it works like a hair-splitting machine that grinds out a long procession of dazing new words for old things. It is in this context that he cites Degérando: "Frappé de la richesse de la broderie, on n'aperçoit pas les défauts du fond". This curiously reminds one of Degérando's defence of Locke, whom the Kantian school unjustly accused of empiricism fixated on single sense impressions. Degérando points out that some German writers used to confuse 'empiricism' with 'experimental philosophy' ('la philosophie d'expérience') while "l'empirisme ne voit que l'extérieur du temple de la nature; l'expérience pénètre dans son sanctuaire".
However close this resemblance may appear, it hides crucial dissimilarities between Śniadecki's and Degérando's lines of thought.


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