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One certain truth (Wm. James)

Posted in philosophy, Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 by ewakening

There is but one unquestionably certain truth, and that is the truth that skepticism itself leaves standing: The truth that the present phenomenon of consciousness exists. ┬áThat, however, is the bare starting-point of knowledge — the mere admission of a stuff to be philosophized about. ┬áThe various philosophies are but so many attempts at expressing what this stuff really is.

— William James (1842-1910), from “The Will to Believe