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I have amended the introduction so that it distinguishes English and German terms correctly. I have added the important use of sublation in the system of logic, and not much more than stubs on history and history of philosophy, and on the link to Marx. I don't understand the section on reflective thought as written, so I can't tell if it's accurate - it certainly will be impenetrable to most readers. I have taken out the claim that Hegel advanced a sort of pragmatism which seems to be OR. KD Tries Again 20:51, 6 February 2007 (UTC)KD

Speculative philosophy[edit]

...redirects to this page. That doesn't seem quite right. - 16:24, 14 September 2007 (UTC)


I found a note on sublatus (past participle of tolle), from which sublation seems to derive: Sublatus, in the context [of the Roman practice of keeping/dumping newborns], means "picked up, and hense acknowledged [by the father]." [] Sublatus is a strange word on many levels. First of all, morphologically: it is the past participle of a verb whose present tense is tollo, and whose perfect tense is sustuli. Tollo, sustuli, sublatus?? That's um... an interesting paradigm if you ask me. [The unpredictable forms can be somewhat explained linguistically, if anyone's interested, but I won't get into that right now.] Second of all, it is strange semantically: it not only means "to acknowledge a child" but also "to lift up" and to destroy! I often joke that it means "to raise, raise, or raze." Cicero famously called Octavian "Adolescens laudandus, ornandus, tollendus" meaning "A young man who should be praised, decorated, and sublatus"... probably deliberately playing on the multiple meanings of that word. I didn't include it because the source is just a comment on a blog; can someone provide a citeworthy source? Also, is it possible that German philosophers' usage of aufheben hearkens back to this Latin contronymy?-- (talk) 09:44, 10 February 2008 (UTC)


Sublation is also a chemical separation process involving the use of bubbles and a solvent. Someone needs to expand on that or add in a disambiguation. I was trying to find info on that here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:31, 27 February 2008 (UTC)