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The usual picture of Socrates is of an ugly little plebeian who inspired a handsome young nobleman to write long dialogues on large topics.
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I think you can have a Left that isn't culturally conservative talking about lunch-bucket issues.

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Truth is a property of sentences, since sentences are dependent for their existence upon vocabularies, and since vocabularies are made by human beings, so are truths.

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The most important advance that the West has yet made is to develop a secularist moral tradition

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What counts as rational argumentation is as historically determined and as context-dependent, as what counts as good French.

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Truth [is] what is better for us to believe.

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Philosophy makes progress not by becoming more rigorous but by becoming more imaginative.

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If the body had been easier to understand, nobody would have thought that we had a mind.

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Had there been no Plato, the Christians would have had a harder time selling the idea that all God really wanted from us was fraternal love.

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What sort of world can we prepare for our great grandchildren?

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As long as we try to project from the relative and conditioned to the absolute and unconditioned, we shall keep the pendulum swinging between dogmatism and skepticism. The only way to stop this increasingly tiresome pendulum swing is to change our conception of what philosophy is good for. But that is not something which will be accomplished by a few neat arguments. It will be accomplished, if it ever is, by a long, slow process of cultural change - that is to say, of change in common sense, changes in the intuitions available for being pumped up by philosophical arguments.

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