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Single Idea 3602

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 7. Despair over Philosophy]

Full Idea

There is nothing one can imagine so strange or so unbelievable that has not been said by one or other of the philosophers.

Gist of Idea

Almost every daft idea has been expressed by some philosopher


René Descartes (A Discourse on Method [1637], §2.16)

Book Reference

Descartes,René: 'Discourse on Method/The Meditations', ed/tr. Sutcliffe,F.E. [Penguin 1968], p.39

A Reaction

Actually I think that extensive areas of logical possibilities for existence remain totally unexplored. On the other hand, most of the metaphysical beliefs of most of the human race, including the majority of philosophers, strike me as being false.