Bertrand Russell

History of Western Philosophy (Routledge Classics)

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    In the absence of any guiding principle, politics becomes a naked struggle for power
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    All power is ultimately from God; He has delegated power to the Pope in sacred things and to the Emperor in secular matters.
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    pleasure in reasoning, analysing, and systematizing
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    from the seventeenth century to the present day, is dominated, more than either of its predecessors, by science;
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    from the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries, was dominated by the Catholic Church
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    began in Greece in the sixth century B.C.
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    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
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    induces a dogmatic belief that we have knowledge where in fact we have ignorance, and by doing so generates a kind of impertinent insolence towards the universe.
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    Science tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know we become insensitive to many things of very great importance
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    the circumstances of men's lives do much to determine their philosophy, but, conversely, their philosophy does much to determine their circumstances
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    To understand an age or a nation, we must understand its philosophy, and to understand its philosophy we must ourselves be in some degree philosophers
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    Theologies have professed to give answers, all too definite; but their very definiteness causes modern minds to view them with suspicion
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    Philosophy, as I shall understand the word, is something intermediate between theology and science
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    Philosophers are both effects and causes: effects of their social circumstances and of the politics and institutions of their time; causes (if they are fortunate) of beliefs which mould the politics and institutions of later ages
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    There are many histories of philosophy, but none of them, so far as I know, has quite the purpose that I have set myself
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