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Western University
Philosophy 4990A/B
Michael Fox

INTELLEGO UT CREDAM  There is therefore a path which the human being may choose to take, a path which begins with reason’s capacity to rise beyond what is contingent and set out toward the infinite  Everyday life shows how concerned each of us is to discover for ourselves, beyond mere opinions how things really are  The truth of these values is to be found not by turning in on oneself but by opening oneself to apprehend that truth even at levels which transcend the person  The first absolutely certain truth of our life, beyond the fact that we exist, is the inevitability of our death  Every truth – if it really is truth- presents itself as universal, even if it is not the whole truth  What inspires all of these is the desire to reach the certitude of truth and the certitude of its absolute value  Human beings would not even begin to search for something of which they knew nothing or for somet
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