Pleased to have encouraged CD to look at Kant.
Dear Mr. Darwin,
I feel very proud of having inveigled you into “looking through” Kant—f2Though I cannot quite say, like one of his disciples, “God said:Let there be Light, & there was—the Kantian Philosophy”yet I have retained for these twenty years a most lively sense ofgratitude to him for helping me to find (or think I found) a steppingstone or two in the Slough of Despondf3
I more than suspect you of a smile in your beard when you writeof him as “a great philosopher looking exclusive into his own mind”—But surely may I not argue that, after all, his mind, & that of anotherphilosopher I could name are things not wholly undeserving ofattention,— phenomena quite as much needing to be studied & accountedfor, say, as even our beloved dogs? We poor humble learners whowould fain be the most docile of your scholars, see one of you drivingcomplacently down the “high priori road”, & the other with infinite skillprogressing on the solid causeway of material facts— But are you nevergoing to unite your lines of thought & let us see how metaphysics & physicsform one great philosophy?—
Pray forgive dear Mr Darwin, my infinite impudence! Though I attendedon Saturday a most successful Woman’s Rights Meetingf4 I am of opinionthat our Ancient privilege of talking nonsense even to those we mostdeeply honour, is one not to be parted with on any terms!—
I enclose a little notice embodying what I thought the point of those“Cut pages” of Despine—f5 Do not think of acknowledging this or returningthat—
Most truly your’s | Frances Power Cobbe