I’m not a Philosopher


I took a sojourn through my edition of Critique of Pure Reason [Immanuel Kant] and landed on the chapter on Transcendental Dialectic where Kant discussed pure reason as the seat of transcendental illusion:

All our knowledge starts with the senses, proceeds from thence to understanding, and ends with reason, beyond which there is no higher faculty to be found in us for elaborating the matter of intuition and bringing it under the highest unity of thought.

Kant goes on to say about the logical employment of reason:

A distinction is commonly made between what is immediately known and what is merely inferred. That in a figure which is bounded by three straight line there are three angles, is known immediately; but that the sum of these angles is equal to two right angles, is merely inferred. Since we have constantly to make use of inference, and so end by becoming completely accustomed to it, we no longer take notice of this distinction, and frequently, as in the so-called deceptions of the senses, treat as being immediately perceived what has really only been inferred.

As I pondered these words it became clear to me that they applied quite specifically to a problem I faced at work. As I allowed these thoughts to form my wife offered me the following quote:

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.[2]


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