Fully Satisfied ReadersPosted: May 27, 2011 | |
Kant went searching after the truth behind a commonly held notion and found nothing. “This,” he writes “is indeed by itself a sufficient reason for writing a book.” He is serious on this point, but the humor of it is not lost on him. He has nothing concrete to say on the point, no grand revelation nor eternal law to propound, and that is remarkable in itself. Philosophy is just like that sometimes and there is nothing wrong at laughing at that fact.
Philosophy is full to over-flowing with esotericisms, contradictions, and, if viewed from the right angle, downright silliness. Yet, many approach it with great reverence. To many, philosophy is cold and serious business. For that reason, it is very refreshing to get a look at the lighter side of philosophy, and even more so when the lighter side is pointed out by a philosopher as eminent (and often dry and serious) as Immanuel Kant.
But just when one is happy to have a laugh at the “profound scholars” for “[rejecting] by a majority of votes” any course of study that is practical and reasonable, Kant makes one more quip: “the present treatise will fully satisfy the reader; for the main part he will not understand, another part he will not believe, and the rest he will laugh at.” Suddenly, the reader can no longer be sure that the joke is not on himself.
Beer of the Week: OB Golden Lager – As the Korean beer market slowly becomes more interested in the quality of the beer rather than simply the price, the big brewers keep making moves to keep up with the beer drinking public. OB Golden Lager has an edge in the eyes of the informed beer drinker because it is made with 100% malted barley and imported German hops. Using German hops and only malt are steps in the right direction, now if only they would use more of both. Unlike Kant, OB can make no claim to leaving the consumer “fully satisfied.” Although the beer isn’t bad, it is watery and uninspired. The most notable thing about the beer is that the soda-like head dissipated in record time; I couldn’t even snap a photo before it was all gone.
Reading of the week: the Preface to Dreams of a Spirit-Seer by Immanuel Kant – Kant explains, while having a dig at philosophers in general as well as the Church (just for good measure,) why he has undertaken to write a treatise on a subject where no firm truth can be had, namely, the world of spirits.
Question of the week: Why are questions about the soul and other subjects regarding “the land of shadows” so interesting even though no definite answers can be reached? And why is it so tempting to make positive statements about such subjects?