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Single Idea 20265

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / C. Rationalism / 1. Rationalism]

Full Idea

There is playacting going on among systematisers: inasmuch as they want to make the system whole and round off the horizon around it, they must attempt to have their weaker qualities appear in the same style as their strong ones.

Gist of Idea

The desire for a complete system requires making the weak parts look equal to the rest


Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 318)

A Reaction

Filed under 'rationalism', because they are the notorious system builders, but the same tendency and problem can be seen to some extent among empiricsts who seek completeness. David Lewis, perhaps.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.193