Thursday, October 26, 2023

Scholars at Home

 Scholars usually are glad to allow themselves to be kept in immaturity by their wives with regard to domestic arrangements. A scholar, buried in his books, answered the screams of a servant that there was a fire in one of the rooms: "You know, things of that sort are my wife's affair."

[Immanuel Kant, Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View, Louden, tr.,  Cambridge UP (New York: 2006) p. 104. Kant -- notably a bachelor -- is very critical of any self-imposition of immaturity.]