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Single Idea 6328

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 1. Knowledge]

Full Idea

To know yet to think that one does not know is best.

Gist of Idea

To know yet to think that one does not know is best

Source

Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching [c.350 BCE], II.LXXI.173)

Book Reference

Lao Tzu: 'Tao Te Ching', ed/tr. Lau,D.C. [Penguin 1963], p.133


A Reaction

Tricky. Self-deception doesn't sound like a virtue to me. There are epistemic virtues, and caution about one's own knowledge has to be one of them, but a totally false assessment sounds counter-productive.