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Single Idea 6935

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 6. Inference in Perception]

Full Idea

Even the lowest senses, smell and taste, elevate themselves in man to intellectual and scientific acts.

Gist of Idea

In man the lowest senses of smell and taste elevate themselves to intellectual acts


Ludwig Feuerbach (Principles of Philosophy of the Future [1843], 53)

Book Reference

Feuerbach,Ludwig: 'Principles of the Philosophy of the Future', ed/tr. Vogel,M [Hackett 1986], p.69

A Reaction

Since Darwin we have, I am glad to say, lost this need to distinguish what is 'low' or 'high', and to try to show that even our 'lowest' functions are on the 'high' side. Personally, though, I still need the low/high distinction in moral thinking.