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Men brought up within a community in which such force, or its possibility, is used
rightly, will live the happy lives of Greeks or Romans during their finest hours.
They will be characterised by vitality, genius, variety, pride, power, success ...
If spiritual goods alone are worth striving for, then of how much value is the study
of necessity — of the laws that govern nature and human lives — by the
manipulation of which men might accomplish unheard- of things in the arts and
Men like Kant (an intimate friend) suffer, he tells us, from 'a gnostic hatred of
matter',4 rearrange reality into artificial patterns and live in a world of figments.
Systems, Hamann insists over and over again, are mere prisons of the spirit, they
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