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Hume on Freeing Learning from Abstruse Questions

on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 18:46

"The only method of freeing learning, at once, from these abstruse questions, is to enquire seriously into the nature of human understanding, and show, from an exact analysis of its powers and capacity, that it is by no means fitted for such remote and abstruse subjects. We must submit to this fatigue, in order to live at ease ever after: And must cultivate true metaphysics with some care, in order to destroy the false and adulterate." (11.3.12)

Disputed Kafka papers

on Sat, 10/20/2012 - 18:35

Huge Franz Kafka Archive?

This article from the Guardian describes the recent Israeli court decision that attempts to settle a long-simmering dispute regarding materials of Max Brod and Franz Kafka in the possession of the daughters of Esther Hoffe, Max Brod's secretary and mistress:

This decision tries to untangle, or rather cut the Gordian knot, of a very complicated and entangled situation described reasonably well in a 2010 article in the New york Times Magazine:

Quotations, David Hume

on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 01:10

"Here indeed lies the justest and most plausible objection against a considerable part of metaphysics, that they are not properly a science; but arise either from the fruitless efforts of human vanity, which would penetrate into subjects utterly inaccessible to the understanding, or from the craft of popular superstitions, which, being unable to defend themselves on fair ground, raise these intangling brambles to cover and protect their weakness." (11.3.11)

Kafka’s 1914: The End and The Beginning

on Thu, 08/30/2012 - 21:02



Kafka’s 1914: The End and The Beginning


On December 31, 1914, Kafka enters the following into his diary:


Have been working since August, in general not little and not badly, yet neither in the first nor in the second respect to the limit of my ability, as I should have done, especially as there is every indication (insomnia, headaches, weak heart) that my ability won’t last much longer. Worked on, but did not finish: The Trial, “Memoirs of the Kalda Railway”, “The village Schoolmaster”, “The Assistant Attorney”, and the beginnings of various little things.


Beginning The Trial

on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 18:42

Beginning The Trial



On August 15, 1914, 102 years ago, Kafka enters into his diary:


I have been writing these past few days, may it continue. Today I am not so completely protected by and enclosed in my work as I was two years ago, nevertheless the feeling that my monotonous, empty, mad bachelor’s life has some justification. I can once more carry a conversation with, and don’t stare into complete emptiness. Only in this way there is any possibility of improvement for me.


What he has started to write is his novel The Trial. He will continue working on it for the rest of the