I would say of metaphysicians what Scaliger said of the Basques: they are said to understand each other, but I do not believe it.

Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort, Maximes et Pensées

When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.

Voltaire: Philosophical Dictionary

[The person referred to is Joseph Justus Scaliger, a 16th-century French scholar. Others have also remarked on the unintelligibility of metaphysicians: ; “Metaphysics is almost always an attempt to prove the incredible by an appeal to the unintelligible.”—H.L. Mencken: Minority Report: H.L. Mencken’s Notebooks.]
The illustration is Diagram of Fichte’s metaphysics uploaded by Markus Mueller to Wikimedia

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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