Friday, August 13, 2010


Ernst Jünger: "The degree to which a certain topic occupies us is proportionate to an increase in connections. It is as if we had knocked at a door that leads to a panorama of ideas."[1]

Taking note of a concept, idea or topic means also—perhaps even primarily—to notice its connections to other concepts, ideas or topics. I think this is right, even if it was Ernst Jünger who said it.

1. "Im Maß, in dem ein Thema uns beschäftigt, nimmt das Bezügliche zu, als hätten wir an eine Tür geklopft, die in ein Ideen-Panorama führt" (Ernst Jünger, Die Schere (Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1990), p. 10.)

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