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Single Idea 21950

[catalogued under 14. Science / B. Scientific Theories / 2. Aim of Science]

Full Idea

We must clear away the idols and false notions which are now in possession of the human understanding, and have taken deep root therein, and so beset men's minds that truth can hardly find an entrance.

Gist of Idea

Science must clear away the idols of the mind if they are ever going to find the truth


Francis Bacon (The New Organon [1620], 38), quoted by Mark Wrathall - Heidegger: how to read 2

Book Reference

Wrathall,Mark: 'Heidegger: how to read' [Granta 2005], p.19

A Reaction

[He goes on to list the types of idol]