Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My kind of philosopher..............

But his principal achievement was that he never took himself too seriously: he performed high-risk philosophical manoeuvres with unflagging good humour, and was always willing to concede that his hard-won theoretical convictions might turn out to be ridiculous foibles. If you are upset by abstract arguments, he said, then you should get out a bit more and engage with “common life”, and after a while you will be able to relax as you watch them all “vanish like smoke”.

-Written about David Hume, as culled from Jonathan Ree's book review of Anthony Gottlieb's The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy

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