The substrate and the sublime

For Kant, one’s inability to grasp the magnitude of a sublime event such as an earthquake demonstrates inadequacy of one’s sensibility and imagination. Simultaneously, one’s ability to subsequently identify such an event as singular and whole indicates the superiority of one’s cognitive, supersensible powers. Ultimately, it is this supersensible substrate, underlying both nature and thought, on which true sublimity is located.

In codicalism — the yin and yang of substrate and languages — a language (general-purpose or domain-specific) is our means of grasping/coping with the substrate (underlying substance) of nature. The (physical) substrate is that which is extralinguistic, supersensible*, and sublime.

* cf.


Philip Thrift


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