„Kant … discovered “the scandal of reason,” that is the fact that our mind is not capable of certain and verifiable knowledge regarding matters and questions that it nevertheless cannot help thinking about.“

—  Hannah Arendt, buch The Life of the Mind

Quelle: The Life of the Mind (1971/1978), p. 14.

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—  Claude Adrien Helvétius French philosopher 1715 - 1771

La plupart des évènements ont des causes aussi petites. Nous les ignorons, parce que la plupart des historiens les ont ignorées eux-mêmes, ou parce qu’ils n’ont pas eu d’yeux pour les appercevoir. Il est vrai qu’à cet égard l’esprit peut réparer leurs omissions : la connoissance de certains principes supplée facilement à la connoissance de certains faits.
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„It is an assumption, which cannot be verified, that we shall not reach a point in our knowledge of nature beyond which the human intellect is unqualified to pass“

—  J. B. Bury Irish historian and freethinker 1861 - 1927

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„Philosophy is an activity: it is a way of thinking about certain sorts of question.“

—  Nigel Warburton British author and lecturer 1962

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„It is no longer a question anywhere of inventing interconnections from out of our brains, but of discovering them in the facts.“

—  Friedrich Engels German social scientist, author, political theorist, and philosopher 1820 - 1895

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„It's a great question about what is our mind. Undoubtedly a creation of our brain.“

—  Jerzy Vetulani Polish scientist 1936 - 2017

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—  Gottlob Frege, Über Sinn und Bedeutung

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—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992

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