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Date: 1781, second ed. 1787

"This schematism of our understanding in regard to phenomena and their mere form, is an art, hidden in the depths of the human soul, whose true modes of action we shall only with difficulty discover and unveil."

— Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804)

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Date: 1781, second ed. 1787

"Thus much only can we say: 'The image is a product of the empirical faculty of the productive imagination--the schema of sensuous conceptions (of figures in space, for example) is a product, and, as it were, a monogram of the pure imagination a priori, whereby and according to which images first...

— Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804)

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Date: 1781, second ed. 1787

"They learned that reason only perceives that which it produces after its own design; that it must not be content to follow, as it were, in the leading-strings of nature, but must proceed in advance with principles of judgement according to unvarying laws, and compel nature to reply its questions."

— Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804)

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Date: 1805-6, published 1833-6

"Knowledge itself is in fact the unity and truth of both moments; but with Kant the thinking understanding and sensuousness are both something particular, and they are only united in an external, superficial way, just as a piece of wood and a leg might be bound together by a cord."

— Hegel, G. W. F. (1770-1831)

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Date: 1851

"Just as a spring, through the continual pressure of a foreign body, at last loses its elasticity, so does the mind if it has another person’s thoughts continually forced upon it."

— Schopenhauer, Arthur (1788-1860)

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Date: 1867

"As capitalist, he is only capital personified. His soul is the soul of capital."

— Marx, Karl (1818-1883)

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Date: June 16, 1978

"The human head is bigger than the globe."

— Grass, Günther (b. 1927)

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Date: March, 2007

"We don't have a 'scissors in the mind' that can trim away dissonance at will, in an effort to isolate our knowledge in actu from uncomfortable aspects of our knowledge of the world."

— Habermas, Jürgen (b. 1929)

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Date: March, 2007

"This fiction [of the self] gets replaced with the image of a consciousness that hangs like a marionette from an inscrutable crisscross of strings."

— Habermas, Jürgen (b. 1929)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.