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What is Descartes arguing for in the text below?

Now it is indeed evident by the light of nature that there must be at least as much [reality] in the efficient and total cause as there is in the effect of that same cause. For whence, I ask, could an ...
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Nietzsche aphorism about happiness - interpretation

THE DANGER IN HAPPINESS.--"Everything now turns out best for me, I now love every fate:--who would like to be my fate?" From Beyond Good and Evil. I wondered if anyone could share some wisdom ...
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Schopenhauer on the unworthiness of life

In which book and section does Schopenhauer say that "life is so short, questionable and evanescent that it is not worth the trouble of any major effort"? I often see this quote attributed to him, ...
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Can I get more background on quote from Democritus?

The quote from philosopher Democritus is: [I would] rather discover one cause than gain the kingdom of Persia. or I would rather discover a single demonstration [in geometry] than become king ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Nietzsche (Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a ...
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Did Maurice Mearleau-Ponty really say this quote?

I found this quote in the book "At the Existentialist Cafe" by Sarah Bakewell, but I cannot find a confirmation of its authenticity anywhere else on the internet. Perhaps it's a unique translation? ...
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What does this excerpt from Plato's Republic mean?

This excerpt is from Book II, concerning Plato's reasoning for censoring a certain story of Hesiod's: The doings of Cronus, and the sufferings which in turn his son inflicted upon him, even if they ...
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Quote of Russell on Mathematics

My memory seems to be failing me at the moment, but I seem to recall Russell saying something like the following on some occasion: The consistency of mathematics does not show that it is true but ...
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Is this quote from Aristotle?

I can't find the source for this quote which apparently belongs to Aristotle. Any ideas? Thanks! First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary ...
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Is the couplet about mathematics and poetry about logocentricism and deconstructionism?

I find this couplet really interesting: Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things Poetry is the art of giving different names to the same thing The first one is made ...
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I and me are always too deep in conversation - Friedrich Nietzsche. What exactly does it mean?

So I have been reading a lot of Nietzsche because in my opinion he has a rather interesting view on certain things. One of the things I came across which I do not understand is his quote 'I and me ...
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Quote from Wittgenstein

In his book Il était sept fois la révolution, Étienne Klein gives the following quotation of Ludwig Wittgenstein: Tout livre, même s'il est écrit avec une honnêteté totale, peut toujours être ...
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Did Nietzsche actually say or write, “Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.”

The quote, "Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed" is, at least on the Internet, often attributed to Nietzsche, e.g., goodreads, Simple ...
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Is there a cite for this attribution by Deleuze to Marx

Deleuze in his book Bergsonism compares a passage of Bergson to Marx saying “Humanity only sets itself problems that it is capable of solving.” But Deleuze gives no cite to Marx. I can see the drift ...
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What is the meaning of the quote from Anaxogoras? “even those who have occasion for a lamp supply it with oil.”

According to Plutarch, When Pericles heard that Anaxagoras was starving himself, Pericles approached Anaxagoras begging him to stop starving himself since if Anaxagoras were to die,Pericles will lose ...
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Did Aristotle say “The more you know…”

One finds all over the web the words attributed to Aristotle "The more you know, the more you know you don't know." Can that be right? It sounds a bit adorable for Aristotle, and the citations are ...
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Source for an Al-Kindi quotation

Can anyone provide me with a reliable source for the quote below which is attributed to Al-Kindi, preferably from his own work? It is fitting for us not to be ashamed to acknowledge truth and to ...
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Are paradoxes a necessary element of everyone representation of the world?

Introduction I stumbled upon the quotation Intelligence is to spot paradoxes. Wisdom is to live by them. from Raheel Farooq according to goodreads.com. I am here not so much interested in the ...
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help understanding famous Nietzsche quote: “With greatness — that means cynically and with innocence.”

Of what is great one must either be silent or speak with greatness. With greatness — that means cynically and with innocence. Is there any practical wisdom to this quote? What does it mean to ...
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Is the following a quote from Nietzsche?

Hello everyone on PhilStackexchange, I am just requesting source for a line I heard from a friend who alleges that it is from Nietzsche. The line goes like 'he who leaves me is my true follower', and ...
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Is this a real quote by Bergson

I read in a text that when Henri Bergson was confronted about his arguments against abstract rationalism by pointing out that "he used reason to argue against rationalism" he replied "Hence, the final ...
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Book of quotations from philosophers, inpsirational sayings, or passages to reflect on?

I am looking for a comprehensive book of sayings by philosophers throughout history. I like to look at some short segments, anything from a single line to a half page passage, a quote that I can ...
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Can't determine who is the author of this paradox

In some Japanese anime one of the characters presented the following paradox: “What do you do when there is an evil you cannot defeat by just means? Do you stain your hands with evil to destroy ...
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Is philosophy about organizing our ignorance?

I am interested in B. Russell's quote: Science is what we know; philosophy is what we don't know. What is he saying here in terms of a definition of philosophy? In his sense, is that correct to ...
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What does this quote of Nietzsche mean?

So I read this quote: "Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?" of Nietzsche and I have no idea of what he is talking about here. Can anybody ...
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Is this a real quote from Kant?

Is this a real quote from Kant? “Someone’s intelligence can be measured by the quantity of uncertainties that he can bear” If so, what is the origin? In what context does he say it?