Besides, suggesting difficulties is not the same as producing reasons. That we do many things in the world from conjecture is true, but that our redactions are based on conjecture is false. In practical life we are compelled to follow what is most probable; in speculative thought we are compelled to follow truth. A man would perish of hunger and thirst, if he refused to eat or drink, till he had obtained positive proof that food and drink would be good for him. But in philosophic reflection this is not so. On the contrary, we must take care not to admit as true anything, which is only probable. For when one falsity has been let in, infinite others follow.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Having spent countless hours arguing politics with others, and being told that I'm critical of "how" they speak or how they frame their arguments, I find that, as usual, some bright light has already explained my view in ways that I can't. That whacky Spinoza nails it for me: