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Speculative Philosophy as Extramarital Sex
I wish just to share with pleasure of Dr.Ankersmit's humour.
"The final outcome of the debates has been to look at speculative systems in the way we look at extramarital sex: it is practiced by many, is supposed to be both natural and exciting, but is nevertheless not exactly according to the proper rules."
(F.R.Ankersmith. The Dilemma of Philosophy of History. History and Theory. Beihaft no 25, Knowing and Telling History: The Anglo-Saxon Debate, 1986, pp 4-5.)