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Marni D. Sheppeard

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Quote of the Summer

... so in philosophy, when we make use of false principles, we depart the farther from the knowledge of truth and wisdom exactly in proportion to the care with
which we cultivate them, and apply ourselves to the deduction of diverse consequences from them, thinking that we are philosophizing well, while we are only departing the farther from the truth; from which it must be inferred that they who have learned the least of all that has been hitherto distinguished by the name of philosophy are the most fitted for the apprehension of truth.
Rene Descartes


Blogger Kea said...

Quotes on AF are not intended to inspire naive political comment about wars which my country never even fought in.

September 08, 2009 8:30 PM  
Anonymous chimpanzee said...

"Every absurdity has a champion to defend it."
-- Oliver Goldsmith

The above summarizes the battle of Idealogies in every domain.

BTW, you have a dual citizenship (Australia & New Zealand), so you are bi-national?

September 08, 2009 11:42 PM  
Blogger Barry said...

So even Descartes says that philosophy is ... er, ... taurine ordure.

September 09, 2009 1:16 AM  
Blogger nige said...

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September 09, 2009 9:25 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Chimp, I have dual citizenship by birthright. But I only hold a Kiwi passport.

September 10, 2009 7:44 PM  

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