Denis Diderot on False Understanding

Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot

He who has always made bad use of his senses will have false understanding.
He who is mediocrely educated and thinks he knows everything, will have false understanding.
He who is carried away by self-sufficiency and hastiness, will be hurried in his judgements and have false understanding.
He who attaches too much or too little importance to certain things will have false understanding.
He who dares pronounce himself on a question which exceeds the capacity of his natural talent will have false understanding.
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He who is subject to prejudices will have false understanding.
He who is obstinate out of vanity, out of a desire to be different, or out of inclination for paradoxes, will have false understanding.
All interests, prejudices, passions, vices, and virtues are capable of perverting the understanding.

* This excerpt is from “Refutaion of Helvétius” by Denis Diderot

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