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[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / D. Scepticism / 3. Illusion Scepticism]

Full Idea

The senses are sometimes deceptive, and it is a mark of prudence never to place our complete trust in those who have deceived us even once.

Gist of Idea

It is prudent never to trust your senses if they have deceived you even once


René Descartes (Meditations [1641], §1.18)

Book Reference

Descartes,René: 'Discourse on Method/The Meditations', ed/tr. Sutcliffe,F.E. [Penguin 1968], p.96