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OUTSIDE IN THE STORMS OF SPRINGTIME: THOMAS SCHÜTTE

ARE WE SO CERTAIN THAT what the world, what “reality,” consists of is defined by its representations?

And are we then so sure that those representations—linked to each other in systems that form in their turn a global supersystem into which all the smaller systems are integrated, and to which they all refer—are we sure that those representations are so determining that to omit them from one’s account of the world is to step outside “reality” into a void without substance or direction?

Every organization of culture seems to have leaned toward an absolute system within which the world is inscribed, indeed must be inscribed so as to be understood and measured. The system of Renaissance Europe—a system born in Italy in the 15th century, later diffused over the continent and, through its own internal energy and through the related energy of imperialism, to the entire planet, and remaining dominant

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