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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Pure Mathematics And Man's Kinship With Nature

R. Soloveitchik in The Emergence of Ethical Man, p. 61n5:
The epistemological problem that baffled the minds of the greatest philosophers finds its solution in the communion of man with nature. "How is pure mathematics possible?" asked Kant. In other words, how can mathematical principles that were conceived by man in his seclusion from nature (a priori) be applied to the chaotic manifold of reality? Apparently man is equipped with a faculty of divination. Because of his kinship with the cosmos, he reads the inner workings of nature.