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“He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that” – a classic reading from On Liberty by John Stuart Mill

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“He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side; if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion.” John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, Chapter 2 The following reading is from chapter 2 of On Liberty by John Stuart Mill. Throughout chapter 2, Mill discusses the harms …

The Four Best Philosophy Books on Truth

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From beginner-friendly introductions to comprehensive textbooks on truth, this page features philosophy books to suit any learning style. It’s important to note that there is no single best book on truth. The best book for you will depend heavily on your preferred learning style and the amount of time/energy you’re willing to spend reading. It’s also worth noting that it is not a list of personal recommendations. Personal book recommendations tend to be highly subjective, idiosyncratic, and unreliable. This list is part of a collection of over 100 philosophy reading …

On Truth – a short reading from Nietzsche’s ‘On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense’

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Introduction Friedrich Nietzsche was a German philosopher, essayist and social critic. He is famous for his uncompromising critique of traditional moral and religious conventions. In this passage from On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense, Nietzsche provides an account and critique of the nature of truth. He questions how a drive for truth could have arisen given that the function of our intellect is not to find the truth but ensure our survival, and to survive in society, we frequently use our intellect to engage in deception, often self-deception. …