Good work, like good talk or any other form of worthwhile human relationship, depends upon being able to assume an extended shared world.
The recurrence during the eighteenth century Enlightenment of the aspiration to be the 'Newton of the moral sciences' testifies to the prestige not just of celestial mechanics, but of the 'experimental method' more generally.
In trying to justify the humanities, as in trying to live a life, what may turn out to matter most is holding one's nerve.
Depth of understanding involves something which is more than merely a matter of deconstructive alertness; it involves a measure of interpretative charity and at least the beginnings of a wide responsiveness.
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