Ideas of Joseph Joubert, by Theme

[French, 1754 - 1824, Student of philosophy, friend of Diderot, revolutionary JP, Inspector-General of Education.]

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1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 3. Wisdom Deflated
Seek wisdom rather than truth; it is easier
1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 1. Philosophy
We must think with our entire body and soul
1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 2. Possibility of Metaphysics
The love of certainty holds us back in metaphysics
2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 9. Limits of Reason
The truths of reason instruct, but they do not illuminate
3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 1. Truth
Truth consists of having the same idea about something that God has
13. Knowledge Criteria / A. Justification Problems / 3. Internal or External / a. Pro-internalism
To know is to see inside oneself
15. Nature of Minds / C. Capacities of Minds / 2. Imagination
The imagination has made more discoveries than the eye
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 1. Thought
A thought is as real as a cannon ball
18. Thought / D. Concepts / 2. Origin of Concepts / c. Nativist concepts
Where does the bird's idea of a nest come from?
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 3. Pleasure / b. Types of pleasure
He gives his body up to pleasure, but not his soul
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 3. Pleasure / c. Value of pleasure
What will you think of pleasures when you no longer enjoy them?
23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 1. Virtue Theory / b. Basis of virtue
Virtue is hard if we are scorned; we need support
25. Social Practice / E. Policies / 5. Education / a. Aims of education
In raising a child we must think of his old age
28. God / A. Divine Nature / 6. Divine Morality / c. God is the good
We can't exactly conceive virtue without the idea of God
29. Religion / B. Monotheistic Religion / 4. Christianity / a. Christianity
We cannot speak against Christianity without anger, or speak for it without love