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Single Idea 8093

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 3. Wisdom Deflated]

Full Idea

To seek wisdom rather than truth. It is more within our grasp.

Gist of Idea

Seek wisdom rather than truth; it is easier


Joseph Joubert (Notebooks [1800], 1797)

Book Reference

Joubert,Joseph: 'Notebooks', ed/tr. Auster,Paul [nyrb 2005], p.27

A Reaction

A nice challenge to the traditional goal of philosophy. The idea that we should 'seek truth' only seems to have emerged during the Reformation. The Greeks may well never have dreamed of such a thing.