By Susan Sontag
Sontag's incisive intelligence, expressive brilliance, and deep interest approximately artwork, politics, and the writer's accountability to endure witness have secured her position as some of the most very important thinkers and writers of the 20th century.
At an identical Time gathers 16 essays and speeches written within the final years of Sontag's lifestyles, whilst her paintings was once being commemorated at the foreign degree. She writes of the liberty of literature, approximately braveness and resistance, and fearlessly addresses the dilemmas of post-9/11 the USA, from the degradation of our political rhetoric to the appalling torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib.
David Rieff describes his mother's ardour in his foreword: "She desired to adventure every little thing, style every little thing, pass in all places, do every little thing. certainly, if I had just one note with which to rouse her, it'd be avidity. . . . i believe that, for her, the enjoyment of dwelling and the enjoyment of figuring out rather have been one and the same."
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When Descartes describes in Meditation V a kind of knowledge which is drawn out of his mind by invoking the simile of reminis cence he is not, then, referring to ideas which are got by reflecting on his own nature as he does in the first four Meditations. Nor is the simile of reminiscence appropriate to that earlier account of innateness. Descartes means something quite different from what is discovered by reflection on the self when he says in Meditation V concerning the concepts of geometry Ί for the first time perceive things which were already present to my mind, although I had not yet applied my mind to them'.
We have something very close indeed to Leibniz's statement, just quoted, in Descartes' reference in Meditation III to certain ideas which 'seem as though I might have derived them from the idea which I possess of myself, as those which I have of substance, duration, number, and such like'. For example, if I am able to think of a stone as 'a substance, or at least as a thing capable of existing of itself, this is possible because I am conscious of myself as a substance or self-subsistent thing. Similarly, because I am con scious of existing now, and remember existing earlier, and because I am capable of enumerating my thoughts, ' I acquire ideas of duration and number which I can afterwards transfer to any object that I please'.
Ibid. Meditation I I I I X , 35. H R I, 165. Methodfor Learning and TeachingJurisprudence, Part I, Section 36, revision note. Leibniz, Philosophical Papers and Letters, ed. L . E . Loemker, Chicago 22 2 3 2 4 25 26 (1956), 557. I N N A T E IDEAS 43 answering this question is accentuated by the fact that both philosophers regard the concept of extension as derived from external sense. Thus Leibniz in contrasting geometry with arithmetic observes that, although the concept of number is derived pre-eminently from internal sense, 'extension, which is perceived by sight and touch alone, involves number but adds situation to it, or the order of coexistence, and hence adds quality to quantity.
At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches by Susan Sontag