The Socratic Illusions

The Socratic Illusion

“This illusion consists in the imperturbable belief that, with the clue of logic, thinking can reach to the nethermost depths of being, and that thinking can not only perceive being but even modify it. This sublime metaphysical illusion is added as an instinct to science and again and again leads the latter to its limits, where it must change into art; which is really the end to be attained by this mechanism.”

F. Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy, p.53, 1955, Dover Publications, NY