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    and does so even in the means of expression one employs and the bare walls it

    145.
    That is why there is such an aversion to images and similes within science; here the persuasive and convincing, that which makes credible, is precisely what is not wanted; one challenges, rather, the coldest mistrust, and does so even in the means of expression one employs and the bare walls it presents: because mistrust is the touchstone for the gold of certainty.

    (Human, All Too Human; The Wanderer and His Shadow; translated by R.J. Hollingdale)

    What does 'it' refer to? (Science?)

    Thanks.

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    Re: and does so even in the means of expression one employs and the bare walls it

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    145.
    That is why there is such an aversion to images and similes within science; here the persuasive and convincing, that which makes credible, is precisely what is not wanted; one challenges, rather, the coldest mistrust, and does so even in the means of expression one employs and the bare walls it presents: because mistrust is the touchstone for the gold of certainty.

    (Human, All Too Human; The Wanderer and His Shadow; translated by R.J. Hollingdale)

    What does 'it' refer to? (Science?)

    Thanks.
    I am fairly sure it's 'mistrust'.

    one challenges, rather, the coldest mistrust, and does so even in the means of expression one employs and the bare walls it presents: because mistrust is ...

    However, it could be 'means of expression', taking the plural form 'means' as singular (this is not uncommon).


    It's a difficult sentence.

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