Eating and knowledge, again

Eating assimilates an object to a subject by destroying the object. Knowledge assimilates an object to a subject by preserving the object. To doubt the objectivity of knowledge requires that we be confused about the difference between knowing something and eating it.

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2 Comments

  1. March 30, 2009 at 6:22 am

    “Knowledge assimilates an object to a subject by preserving the object”

    James, do you think it also possible to say, in a sense, that knowledge assimilates an object to a subject by destroying the subject, in the sense that the subject is assimilated to the object by its form? I thought that’s what you were going to do to keep the parallel.

  2. March 30, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Knowledge is a perfection of a knower, and in this way it perfects a subject. That being said, only human beings are the knowing subjects, and that not in every way. So far as we possess agent intellect, our knowledge is not the work of a subject. “Knowing subject” can only properly be said of man so far as he has a possible intellect. God is not a subject at all, even in an analogous sense. I’m not sure about whether one can speak analogously about angelic subjectivity. It certainly isn’t proper to their knowing act (or to that of the separated soul) but there is some potency in the knower, so there might be something like a knowing subject.


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