REFLECTING ON ONE’S MORTALITY IN THE FACE OF THE UNKNOWN

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In a most memorable passage in his Critique of Practical Reason, Immanuel Kant describes his location between terrestrial and cosmic space and time in relation to the temporality constituted by his relatively miniscule lifetime as a human being, concluding, that like other humans, he has been infused with life, through a process he know not how, that life being a loan that must be relinquished when his time on earth is up, a situation, however, in which he can still leave an impact on infinity through the power of his will.

I won’t pretend I fully understand what the philosopher is stating, so subtle, complex and yet compelling is his expression, leading me to read it over and over again.

What I am able to appreciate about the philosophic master’s words are his demonstration of what Stephán Körner, in his Kant, describes as “the metaphysical moment”, the confrontation with…

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