lawless devices

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lawless devices

Victor had in retrospect characterized the nature of his cloistered and obsessive study at Ingolstadt "unlawful," which he then defined as "not befitting the human mind," in I:3:12. Here, one senses that the emphasis is less on social or antisocial behavior than on what an individual human being has the right to do: "devices" implies a means by which actions are performed.