Just a thought. 7.

Who said the following: "I wanted to dispel the fictions of hearsay, and to ask people into whose hands my book may come not to prefer widely circulated and eagerly accepted fantasies over truth uncorrupted by sensationalism."* Did you guess Tacitus? Tacitus, the renowned Roman historian, writes these words in the Annals sometime around 117 CE.…

Just a thought. 6.

But no one man’s reason, or the reason of any one number of men makes the certainty, no more than an account is therefore well cast up, because a great many men have unanimously approved it. (Hobbes, 28) Part : 1, Chapter 5; Paragraph 3 (Right reason where.) Thomas Hobbes. J.C.A. Gaskin, Ed. Leviathan. (1651) Oxford World's Classics.…

Just a thought. 4.

With the little bit of free time I've had this summer, I've been organizing files on my computer. In the process, I've been reading through some projects I've had shelved. The following paragraph is an excerpt from a larger project -- on belief acquisition -- and I thought it should stand on its own as…

Just a thought. 3.

"Seldom are men blessed with times in which they may think what they like, and say what they think." (Hume, 32-33) Today's thought is a quote that originates with Tacitus, the great Roman historian who lived in the first century CE. This quote, translated as follows, appears in Latin on the title page of the first…

Just a thought. 1.

The common name for diplomacy is the Golden Rule, and we learn by experience that its employment is one way to avoid a bar fight. Self-defence is what we tend to use after we’ve already lost a couple of teeth.                              …