Philosophy - Quotes


Science is a philosophy of discovery. Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

We philosophers are mistake specialists. (I know, it sounds like a bad joke, but hear me out.) While other disciplines specialize in getting the right answers to their defining questions, we philosophers specialize in all the ways there are of getting things so mixed up, so deeply wrong, that nobody is even sure what the right questions are, let alone the answers. Asking the wrongs questions risks setting any inquiry off on the wrong foot. Whenever that happens, this is a job for philosophers! Philosophy - in every field of inquiry - is what you have to do until you figure out what questions you should have been asking in the first place.

Daniel Dennett

The history of philosophy is in large measure the history of very smart people making very tempting mistakes, and if you don`t know the history, you are doomed to making the same darn mistakes all over again.

Daniel Dennett

A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images.

Albert Camus

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.

Denis Diderot

Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious.

Sam Harris

There are more things in Heaven and Earth, [...] than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

William Shakespeare

To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.

Yann Martel

Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know.

Bertrand Russell

There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to my church as a human being.

James Joyce

To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralysed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.

Bertrand Russell

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

Bertrand Russell

Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.

Alfred North Whitehead


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