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More Information from the PPTS: 1. David Hume Newton meets Locke. Mathematics is the only science. Everything else is subject to doubt. He concluded that no theory of reality is possible; there can be no knowledge of anything beyond experience. Essentially, he revived classical skepticism. Portrait by Allan Ramsay 1766 2. Immanuel Kant- “Foremost thinker of the Enlightenment” according to Otto Alan Bird, writing for Encyclopedia Britannica. Kant divided the world into two areas of inquiry, the world of appearances (the proper area of scientific investigation) and the ultimate reality beyond. This division of fields of knowledge into science and philosophy has had some serious consequences. Now science and philosophy pursue almost entirely separate paths--they were once part of the same discipline. 3. Denis Diderot- Philosophes (fil oh sawfs) Edited the Encyclopedie 1751-1772 First great art critic Ideas Proposed teaching the blind to read by touch a century before Braille Proposed a theory of natural selection a century before Darwin. He spent 3 months in jail for it.
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