From Kant to the coronavirus, the noumenon finds a way.

Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) gingerly approaches “the real” in True Detective, Season 1.

As an overconfident undergraduate dedicated to Sartre and relativism — as I still largely am, with important modifications — I once challenged a pragmatic philosophy professor how we could ever know what was really real.

“Reality objects,” he said. “Reality pushes back.”