We might here make profitable use of Kierkegaard’s metaphor of sewing without having a knot at the end of the thread. We can sew to our heart’s content, but we can never pull it up firm and tight; it has no anchor. We remain adrift while we pretend otherwise. His critique of Hegel’s Logic suggests the same. We quote Ziporyn’s reference (Being and Ambiguity, p xvii): “If this had been prefaced by the words, ‘The following is all only a thought experiment,’ it would have been the greatest work of all time; as it is, it is merely laughable.” Hegel’s mistake was to believe that his system was True, that Reason could establish itself. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t “work”, even as Newtonian physics still works despite having been overturned by Einsteinian physics.

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