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What does "become an end" mean in this paragraph? " It is forbidden to go beyond this limit, so long as the tension that would propel the breakthrough is repressed and the marionettes of Ratio — who are not human beings — isolate themselves from their bustling activity. But the aesthetic that has become an end in itself pulls up its own roots; it obscures the higher level toward which it should refer and signifies only its own emptiness, which,according to the literal meaning of the Kantian definition, is a mere relation of faculties. "
Jun 19, 2015 6:40 AM
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This is very advanced English. The expression you don't understand is "an end in itself". Because you didn't identify this as the problem phrase, I am worried that this whole text is much too advanced for you to make sense of. What do you think? "an end in itself" is something you try to achieve just in order to achieve it, and not for any other reason.
June 19, 2015
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Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Taiwanese), English, Korean
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Chinese (Taiwanese), English