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“Every materialist will be an idealist; but an idealist can never go backward to be a materialist.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Transcendentalist” in The Complete Essays and Other Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. by Brooks Atkinson (New York: the Modern Library, 1940), 87-103.

However, both a materialist and an idealist can choose the “middle way” of Critical Idealism without succumbing to the illusions/delusions of materialist or rationalist metaphysics, AND by doing so one possibly can contribute to making a better world.

13 November 2016


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