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    The scientific world is to be less threatening than was feared. It is to made safe for human beings. And the way to make it safe is to reflect on the foundation of knowledge.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: world  human 
     
    Induction is the process of taking things within our experience to be representative of the world outside our experience. It is a process of projection or extrapolation.
    — Simon Blackburn
    We can grieve over lost powers and memories, or rejoice over gained knowledge and maturity, according to taste.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: power  memory  lost  maturity 
     
    Contemporary culture is not very good on responsibility.
    — Simon Blackburn
    An ethic gone wrong is an essential preliminary to the sweat shop or the concentration camp and the death march.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: death  ethics  wrong  gone 
     
    When the hoary old question of nature versus nurture comes around, sides form quickly.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: nature  questions 
     
    In Michigan recently a man won a lawsuit for substantial damages because, he claimed, a rear-end collision in his car had made him a homosexual.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: men 
     
    Why should thinkers mock the simple pieties of the people?
    — Simon Blackburn
    The word " philosophy " carries unfortunate connotations: impractical, unworldly, weird.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: philosophy 
     
    The absolutist takes himself to read nature in her very own language, but the relativist insists that nature does not speak, and we hear only what we have elected to hear.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: nature  language  read 
     
    Respect, of course is a tricky term. I may respect your gardening by just letting you get on with it. Or, I may respect it by admiring it and regarding it as a superior way to garden.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: respect  garden 
     
    It can seem an amazing fact that laws of nature keep on holding, that the frame of nature does not fall apart.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: nature  law  facts 
     
    If our best efforts come to nothing often enough, we need consolation, and thoughts of unfolding, infinite destiny, or karma , are sometimes consoling.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: thoughts  karma 
     
    Thoughts are strange things. they have 'representational' powers: a thought typically represents the world as being one way or another. A sensation, by contrast, seems to just sit there.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: world  thoughts 
     
    The fantasist in whom the reality barrier has broken down is unreliable, believing things when he should not, and telling things as true when they are not.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: reality  true  broken 
     
    Perhaps to restore human freedom we should deny determinism ?
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: freedom  human 
     
    Myself, I have never seen a bumper sticker saying " Hate if you Love Jesus ", but I sometimes wonder why not. It would be a good slogan for the religious Right.
    — Simon Blackburn
    Nobody ever inferred from the multiple infirmities of Windows that Bill Gates was infinitely benevolent, omniscient, and able to fix everything.
    — Simon Blackburn
    There are normal times when it is wholly admirable to be steadfast, resolute, unconflicted, and therefore when integrity is unmistakenly a virtue. The person of integrity knows what to do, and does it. But as we have been exploring, there are also times when certainty and single-mindedness indicate something less admirable: a deafness to voices that should be heard or a blindness to aspects of a situation that need to be considered.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: integrity  time  people  virtue 
     
    A god that created the world and then walked off the site leaving it to its own devices is not a fit object of worship, nor a source of moral authority.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: world  authority  god  worship  morals 
     
    This doctrine, that of the ghost in the machine, strictly separates the mind or soul from the body. And by doing so it takes the soul outside the sphere of mechanical or scientific explanation. It splits the world of the mind from the world of science. It is often supposed to protect our cherished free will.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: world  soul  body  ghost  mind  machine 
     
    People who have cut their teeth on philosophical problems of rationality, knowledge, perception, free will and other minds are well placed to think better about problems of evidence, decision making, responsibility and ethics that life throws up.
    — Simon Blackburn
    Chance is as relentless as necessity.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: chance 
     
    The absolutist trumpets his plain vision; the relativist sees only someone who is unaware of his own spectacles.
    — Simon Blackburn
    Finding a mechanism does not bypass the problem of induction.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: problem 
     
    Paradigms can be asked to show their worth, an some of them do not stand up.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: worth 
     
    Wittgenstein imagined that the philosopher was like a therapist whose task was to put problems finally to rest, and to cure us ofbeing bewitched by them. So we are told to stop, to shut off lines of inquiry, not to find things puzzling nor to seek explanations. This is intellectual suicide.
    — Simon Blackburn
    The absolutist parades his good solid grounding in observation, reason, objectivity, truth and fact; the relativist sees only fetishes.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: truth 
     
    The absolutist takes himself to speak to the ages, with the tongue of angels, but the relativist hears only one version among others, the subjectivity of the here and now.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: age  angel 
     
    Since there is no telling in advance where it may lead, reflection can be seen as dangerous .
    — Simon Blackburn
    The absolutist lays down the law, but the relativist hears only roaring and bawling. Or, when the relativist voice, as it is heard from philosophers such as Nietzsche or James, itself starts to grate and sounds shrill, as it often does, and when the relativist then offers concessions, the absolutist hears only insincerity. The war of words can often turn into a dialogue of the deaf, and this too if part of its power to arouse outrage and fury.
    — Simon Blackburn
    tags: power  law  war  philosopher 
     
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