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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)



"Xenophanes used to say wittily that if the animals made gods for themselves, 
as is likely they do, they certainly make them like themselves, and glorify themselves as we do."


Montaigne's Ontology


The Freethinker

Reasonable non-belief

Inquiry trumps faith.

"The only thing certain is nothing is certain."



The Skeptic

Lack of empirical evidence

Discovery trumps revelation. 

"Nothing is so firmly believed as that which is least known."


The Secularist

Inconsistent revelations 

Reason trumps custom.

"Our religion is made to eradicate vices; instead it encourages them, covers them, and nurtures them."
The Humanist 

The argument from evil


Autonomy trumps piety.

"Life in itself is neither good or evil, it is the place of good and evil, according to what you make it."







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