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Saturday, May 15, 2010

on Certainty



Carl M. said...

Another slave of Descartes! It's shocking how people completely buy into his project and its answers without any awareness of the fact.

Mike said...

I was having a discussion with a CEO and engineer the other day and both were criticizing how philosophy hadn't helped us find the answers to any of the central questions of humanity. I couldn't help but think how shallow they were to think those questions were open and still not pursue them. Kant would recognize them as a "plaster-cast of a living man".

Those who turn the meaning of life into a mere trifle become themselves said trifle.

Mike said...

On the other hand, as pointed out here, the practical wisdom does have to go with the philosophical knowledge and I usually value the former over the latter.