Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Garden of Earthly Delights XIV


Another ground for the presumption of genius in the sciences would be if
someone were to say and maintain things whose meaning he could not 
possibly have understood entirely, either owing to the period at which he
lived, or by reason of his other utterances; so that he has thus asserted 
something apparently with consciousness, which he could in fact only 
have asserted unconsciously. It could, however be readily shown in a 
number of ways, that even these grounds for the presumption may be 
delusive in the extreme.
F.W.J. Schelling