Issue 30 The Underground Summer 2008
A sea fight must either take place tomorrow or not,
but it is not necessary that it should take place tomorrow, neither is it necessary that it should not take place, yet it is necessary that it either should or should not
take place tomorrow. Since propositions correspond with facts, it is evident that when in future events there is a real alternative, and a potentiality in contrary directions, the corresponding affirmation and denial have
the same character.
In the winter of 2006, a colleague on the West Coast forwarded us a review of a show by a young Bay Area artist named Casey Logan. The piece noted certain sympathies between Logan’s work and Cabinet—sympathies that were sufficiently strong, noted the critic, that they had led Logan to become a contributor to the magazine.
Because the critic went on to say several nice things about us, our first reaction to the review was to feel flattered. Yet like most pleasant feelings (especially here at Cabinet Central), this one was soon displaced by a sense that something was not quite right, since nobody here could remember ever publishing anything by anyone named Casey Logan. So we wrote him a letter:
19 December 2006
That the contrary of a good is an evil is shown by induction: the contrary of health is disease, of courage, cowardice, and so on. But the contrary of an evil is sometimes a good, sometimes an evil. For defect, which is an evil, has excess for its contrary, this also being an evil, and the mean, which is a good, is equally the contrary
of the one and of the other. It is only in a few cases, however, that we see instances of this: in most, the contrary of an evil is a good.
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