Monday, February 15, 2010

The Penumbra of the Empty, Part IX

I originally had no intention of examining dividing practices—I merely wanted to think more on why Newtonian physics, which could have been treated as breakthrough (a revolutionary breakthrough—there are other breakthroughs but none as revolutionary as this one) in natural philosophy, IN PHILOSOPHY, is instead treated as the birth of a new discipline—the discipline of science. It is fine to say, following Kant, that such a division allows for both physics and philosophy to be performed by specialists working with greater facility and in the greatest perfection, but that’s not all it does. I assume the division redirects physics from its original objective (as understood by Newton—and why wouldn’t Newton’s objectives be allowed to have force, authority? Why vis a vis his objectives does Newton, otherwise understood as one of history’s greatest geniuses, become nothing but a weirdo?) while I also assume the division destroys philosophy—it is no longer able to comment incisively or precisely about the world, nor do its further “subjective” jabberings make the grade as poetry or literature, either.(Newton is indispensible--Kant? It is only because of lack of audacity he has not been clicked over to the computer's trash can.) It seems to me the net effect of the division is to weaken, weaken, weaken.


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