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Unformatted text preview: contrary, has the privilege of embracing long periods, whole lifetimes, in the span of his consciousness, or coexperiencing them through foresight and 5 hindsight, and that is how he becomes the knowing, supremely self- conscious being, in which capacity he confronts all the rest of nature. (67) Schlick’s reply: Although the creative play theory does counsel us to live in this moment— to become absorbed in the intrinsic worth of our current activities, it doesn’t follow from this that the theory counsels us to get stuck in the moment in a bad way, i.e., in a way that causes us to (inhumanly) become oblivious to the past and future. (Indeed, among the activities that we may come to see as intrinsically worthwhile, and hence get presently absorbed in, would be such future- oriented activities as predicting (or planning for) the future- - like economists or meteorologists do, for example- - and analyzing and reflecting on the past- - like historians, archaeologists, genealogists do, for example.) To underscore this reply, Schlick provides a couple of interesting analogies The ____________________________________ analogy (67): Just as the mountaineer need not be oblivious about the path ahead or behind in order to be quite absorbed in her current activity of enjoying her climb or hike, so we need not be oblivious about the future or...
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