The “purposive” man is always trying to secure a spurious and delusive immortality for his acts by pushing his interest in them forward into time. He does not love his cat, but his cat’s kittens; nor, in truth, the kittens, but only the kittens’ kittens, and so on forward forever to the end of cat-dom.

(Keynes 2010)



Keynes, John Maynard. 2010. Essays in Persuasion. New ed. Basingstoke ; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.