Marginalia, no.176

Your typical ultra-abstractionist fairly shudders at concreteness: other things equal, he positively prefers the pale and spectral. If the two universes were offered, he would always choose the skinny outline rather than the rich thicket of reality.

~ William James, Pragmatism

In the fourth century Basil of Caesarea wrote: “Hunting truth is no easy task. We must look everywhere for its tracks.” Truth, by James’s account, was a bit of a squishy affair, but he knew that the fox is only cornered in the thicket.


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