The Sensible Knave

"I do not see that we are further along today than where Hume left us. The Humean predicament is the human predicament." - W.V.O. Quine

Saturday, August 27, 2005

The examined life

On the one hand:

"[T]he life which is unexamined is not worth living" - Plato, Apology

On the other hand:
"Nor need we fear that this philosophy, while it endeavours to limit our enquiries to common life, should ever undermine the reasonings of common life, and carry its doubts so far as to destroy all action, as well as speculation. Nature will always maintain her rights, and prevail in the end over any abstract reasoning whatsoever." - David Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Section V, Part I

For Hume, examining one's life might be worthwhile. But at the end of the day, the examined life is lived just as the unexamined one is lived, for the most part.