onsdag, januari 16, 2013

Old mysteries, and new ones ...

At first humans regarded all natural phenomena as effects of supernatural causes. In the next, ‘‘philosophical’’ stage, they explain the world by means of abstract notions—‘‘essences,’’ ‘‘faculties’’—thereby replacing the old mysteries by new ones.

- Louis K. Dupré, The Enlightenment and the Intellectual Foundations of Modern Culture (Yale University Press, 2004), 207

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