Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"Pure Objectivity Is An Absurd Abstraction" J. Ratzinger

From Albert Einstein:

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.

All three of the above are important, but the last is the most. When the question of meaning is raised, it can only be answered on the level of the experience of the self, because what we mean by "mean" is the experience and consciousness of the self in which the experience of the sensible, empirical thing is embedded. Discovering "meaning" is discovering that embeddedness.

This was the key to the "new" quantum physics of the last century. Instead of treating reality as an object, Heisenberg, Einstein, Plank, DeBroglie, Dirac, etc. entered into the physical experiment as a subject among subjects. As Ratzinger said in his New York address in New York in 1988: "Pure objectivity is an absurd abstraction. It is not theuninvolved who comes to knowledge; rather, interest itself is a requirement for the possibility of coming to know" [J. Ratzinger, "Biblical Interpretation in Crisis," in The Essential Pope Benedict Harper (2007) 247].

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