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Saturday, May 15, 2010

on Certainty

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3 comments:

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.