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Saturday, June 07, 2014

An Ode to Hume's Skepticism

An Ode to Hume's Skepticism


Jason Zarri

The legacy of David Hume, like the appearance of the Moon, 
is sometimes waxing, sometimes waning, 
but hopefully never, forever fading.

The Treatise fell dead-born from the press,
The Enquiries had more success,
and the Dialogues should still impress
all those who in clerical garb do dress.

But be you "friend" or be you "foe";
please, do not betide him woe.
For concerning all subjects whatsoever,
he strove to be skeptical in equal measure.

Skepticism, being no exception,
itself came under his inspection.
At Pyrrho's doctrine he looked askance,
but in the Academy's he saw a chance
to get vain reason to abdicate its pride, 
letting humble experience show forth its light far and wide.
And Hume himself, though he could have been humbler,
helped to wake Kant from his dogmatic slumber.

So everyone, pray, of every school,
consider Hume may be errant, but surely no fool.
Would it not do us much good to admit,
'tis the height of folly to seek more knowledge than our nature will permit?
Finally, to any philosophers who meet this maxim with dread,
I say: Beware of rushing in where fools would fear to tread!

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

God - Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary

God - Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary

From  the Hanover College Department of History

"DURING the reign of Arcadius, Logomacos, lecturer in theology of Constantinople, went to Scythia and halted at the foot of the Caucasus, in the fertile plains of Zephirim, on the frontier of Colchis. That good old man Dondindac was in his great lower hall, between his sheepfold and his vast barn; he was kneeling with his wife, his five sons and five daughters, his kindred and his servants, and after a light meal they were all singing God's praises. " What do you there, idolator? " said Logomacos to him.
" I am not an idolator," answered Dondindac.

" You must be an idolator," said Logomacos, " seeing that you are not Greek. Tell me, what was that you were singing in your barbarous Scythian jargon? "

" All tongues are equal in the ears of God," answered the Scythian. " We were singing His praises."

" That's very extraordinary," returned the theologian. " A Scythian family who pray God without having been taught by us! " He soon engaged Dondindac the Scythian in conversation, for he knew a little Scythian, and the other a little Greek. The following conversation was found in a manuscript preserved in the library of Constantinople." [...]