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Single Idea 9125

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / L. Paradox / 3. Antinomies]

Full Idea

An unsolvable problem is still a problem, despite Wittgenstein's view that there are no genuine philosophical problems, and Kant's romantic defeatism in his treatment of the antinomies of pure reason.

Gist of Idea

Denying problems, or being romantically defeated by them, won't make them go away


Roy Sorensen (Vagueness and Contradiction [2001], 4.3)

Book Reference

Sorensen,Roy: 'Vagueness and Contradiction' [OUP 2004], p.75

A Reaction

I like the spin put on Kant, that he is a romantic in his defeatism. He certainly seems reluctant to slash at the Gordian knot, e.g. by being a bit more drastically sceptical about free will.