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The trash can of my mind
The bible is not nominalist: Adam makes the names, but God makes the categories. (Adam naming the animals, English miniature, XIIIth century.)

The bible is not nominalist: Adam makes the names, but God makes the categories. (Adam naming the animals, English miniature, XIIIth century.)

It’s not possible to fantasize a garden of Eden that would not be, at the same time, a walled garden — to keep strangers out. It also helps to pretend strangers are not quite like us, or demons. This approach is known to fail as soon as the inhabitants of the garden start asking too many questions. (Illustration from a French manuscript of Saint Augustine’s De Civitate Dei, 1400)

It’s not possible to fantasize a garden of Eden that would not be, at the same time, a walled garden — to keep strangers out. It also helps to pretend strangers are not quite like us, or demons. This approach is known to fail as soon as the inhabitants of the garden start asking too many questions. (Illustration from a French manuscript of Saint Augustine’s De Civitate Dei, 1400)