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The particular preference which de Gaultier's philosophy expresses I shall analyse later; roughly it is the exact antithesis of this, change is the only reality. " and intended to make the question absurd. " One is extrapolating the curve of truth outside its proper limits, applying it to fields where it has no meaning. All 19 FURTHER SPECULATIONS philosophy is bound to be untrue, for it is the art of representing the cosmos in words, which is just as much a necessary distortion as the art of painting, which represents solidity in a plane of two dimensions.
The legitimate function of logic only comes in the elaboration of the original "visual" act. It adds point to it, as a large hat does to the calculated gestures of a woman's head, and as clothing does to flesh. But metaphysics could exist without it, and if I may be allowed to express a personal opinion, I think that what we require now is a race of naked philosophers, free from the inherited embellishments of logic. Never moving on the physical plane where philosophy arises, but always in the abstract plane where it is finished and polished, Mr.
This faculty in moving on the plane of counter words is of course the secret of his versatility. He has the monotonous versatility of the soldier, who in many lands employs the same weapon. It is the 12 SEARCHERS AFTER REALITY n • HALDANE very prose of philosophy. He moves his counters, and certainly gets them into new and interesting positions. All the time, however, we cannot believe in their validity, as we are conscious that he is treating as fixed entities things which are not so — which run into one another in inextricable blurs, and are not separate and distinct.
Further Speculations by T.E. Hulme by Sam Hynes (Ed.)