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This much is certain: whoever has once tasted critique will be ever after disgusted with all dogmatic twaddle which he formerly put up with, because his reason must have something, and could find nothing better for its support. Critique stands in the same relation to common “Schulmetaphysik” (metaphysics of the schools), as chemistry does to alchemy, or as astronomy to the astrology of the fortune-teller.

A quote that is still relevant today because the competence of true critique has been largely lost. After all, Kant assumes that potentially everyone has reason, but he also implies that, without knowledge of critique, one would permanently get lost in dogmatism and ideology because it is only through critique that dogmatism and ideology are dissipated – even if this is sometimes a painful process.


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