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Single Idea 1879

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / E. Relativism / 3. Subjectivism]

Full Idea

Health is natural for the healthy but unnatural for the sick, and sickness is unnatural for the healthy but natural for the sick, so we must give credence to the natural perceptions of the sick.

Gist of Idea

Sickness is perfectly natural to the sick, so their natural perceptions should carry some weight


Sextus Empiricus (Outlines of Pyrrhonism [c.180], I.103)

Book Reference

Sextus Empiricus: 'Outlines of Pyrrhonism', ed/tr. Bury,R.G. [Prometheus 1990], p.46