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[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 2. Wise People]

Full Idea

Why cannot a wise man dare to doubt anything and everything?

Gist of Idea

Why can't a wise man doubt everything?


Michel de Montaigne (Apology for Raymond Sebond [1580], p.0562)

Book Reference

Montaigne,Michel de: 'The Complete Essays', ed/tr. Screech,M.A. [Penguin 1987], p.562

A Reaction

This question seems to be the start of the Enlightenment Project, of attempting to prove everything. MacIntyre warns of the dangers of this in ethical theory. The story of modern philosophy is the discovery of its impossibility. E.g. Davidson on truth.