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Schopenhauer on Pessimism

"Schopenhauer," by Mitch Francis

by Arthur Schopenhauer Unless suffering is the direct and immediate object of life, our existence must entirely fail of its aim. It is absurd to look upon the enormous amount of pain that abounds everywhere in the world, and originates

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Hume 1 – Enquiry

"David Hume," by Mitch Francis

When we entertain therefore, any suspicion that a philosophical term is employed without any meaning or idea (as is but too frequent), we need but enquire, from what impression is that supposed idea derived? And if it be impossible to

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Socrates 3.7 – Alcibiades I

"Socrates," by Mitch Francis

Socrates Come then, what is “taking pains over oneself” — 128a for we may perchance be taking, unawares, no pains over ourselves, though we think we are — and when does a man actually do it? Does he take pains

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Socrates 3.6 – Alcibiades I

"Socrates," by Mitch Francis

Ah, my remarkable friend, listen to me and the Delphic motto, 124b “Know thyself”; for these people are our competitors, not those whom you think; and there is nothing that will give us ascendancy over them save only pains and

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Socrates 3.5 – Alcibiades I

"Socrates," by Mitch Francis

Socrates And do you remember what our admissions were about just things? Alcibiades I think we said that those who do just things must do noble things. Socrates And that those who do noble things must do good things? Alcibiades

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Socrates 3.4 – Alcibiades I

"Socrates," by Mitch Francis
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Socrates 3.3 – Alcibiades I

"Socrates," by Mitch Francis

Alcibiades But what if I cannot? Do you think I could not know about what is just and unjust in any other way? Socrates Yes, you might, supposing you discovered it. Alcibiades But do you not think I might discover

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Socrates 3.2 – Alcibiades I

"Socrates," by Mitch Francis

Socrates Now then: you intend, as I say, to come forward as adviser to the Athenians in no great space of time; well, suppose I were to take hold of you as you were about to ascend the platform, and

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Socrates 2.6 – Apology

"Socrates," by Mitch Francis

We should reflect that there is much reason to hope for a good result on other grounds as well. one of two things. it is the dead have no consciousness of anything, or, as we are told, it is really

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Socrates 2.5 – Apology

"Socrates," by Mitch Francis

I should very much like to say a few words to reconcile you to the result, while the officials are busy and I am not yet on my way to the place where I must die. I ask you, gentlemen,

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