Thursday, February 2, 2012

Becker on Modernity


It is one of the engaging ironies of modern thought that the scientific method, which it was once fondly hoped would banish mystery from the world, leaves it every day more inexplicable. Physics, which it was thought had dispensed with the need of metaphysics, has been transformed by its own proper researches into the most metaphysical of disciplines. The more attentively the physicist looks at the material stuff of the world the less there is to see.
-Carl L. Becker, The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers 24.

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