"They say Thales was studying the stars, Theodorus, and gazing aloft, when he fell into a well; and a witty and amusing Thracian servant-girl made fun of him because, she said, he was wild to know about what was up in the sky but failed to see what was in front of him and under his feet. The same joke applies to all who spend their lives in philosophy."

The official conclusion of the Theaetetus is that we still do not know how to define knowledge. Even on the most sceptical reading, this is not to say that we have not learned anything about what knowledge is like…

…And as many interpreters have seen, there may be much more to the ending than that. It may even be that, in the last two pages of the Theaetetus, we have seen hints of Plato’s own answer to the puzzle. Perhaps understanding has emerged from the last discussion, as wisdom did from 145d-e, as the key ingredient without which no true beliefs alone can even begin to look like they might count as knowledge. Perhaps it is only when we, the readers, understand this point—that epistemological success in the last resort depends on having epistemological virtue—that we begin not only to have true beliefs about what knowledge is, but to understand knowledge.

Timothy Chappell
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So who is the philosopher that is the blog's avatar?

On the main page—Aristotle. What you see on your dashboard—David Chalmers.

"It doubtless seems highly paradoxical to assert that Time is unreal, and that all statements which involve its reality are erroneous. Such an assertion involves a far greater departure from the natural position of mankind than is involved in the assertion of the unreality of Space or of the unreality of Matter. So decisive a breach with that natural position is not to be lightly accepted. And yet in all ages the belief in the unreality of time has proved singularly attractive."
John Ellis McTaggart
"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for."
"Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life."
"I don’t know about ‘common sense opinion’ by the way. It seems to me that the office of common sense is to keep us from playing cards for high stakes with people we meet on trains, and not to endorse metaphysical opinions."
Peter van Inwagen
"Time is what clocks are there to tell."
John Lucas
"The idea of world peace is really appealing until you go for a drive and someone cuts you off."
Jeremiah van Guilder
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
African proverb
"I tend to be pessimistic about everything: If things seem to be going good, I’m worried that it’s going to end; if things are bad, then I’m worried that it’s going to be permanent. It’s not a very comfortable attitude to have all the time."
Jesse Eisenberg
"Often time people come up and say ‘Hey Bruce, are you really that good?’ I said well, if I tell you I am good probably you’ll say I’m boasting. But if I tell you I am no good, you’ll Know I’m lying."
Bruce Lee