Monday, February 27, 2006

Moods and Worlds

“The idea is roughly that moods must be taken as having at least as sound a role in advising us of reality as sense experience has; that, for example, coloring the world, attributing to it the qualities ‘mean’ or ‘magnanimous,’ may be no less objective or subjective than coloring an apple, attributing to it the colors red or green. Or perhaps we should say: sense experience is to objects what moods are to the world.”

From Stanley Cavell's "Thinking of Emerson" in his Emerson's Transcendental Etudes, p. 11

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