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Unformatted text preview: This is as true in the pres ent day as at any form er tim e. To unders tand an age or a nation, we m us t unders tand its philos ophy, and to unders tand its philos ophy we m us t ours elves be in s om e degree philos ophers . There is here a reciprocal caus ation: the circum s tances of m en’s lives do m uch to determ ine their philos ophy, but, convers ely, their philos ophy does m uch to determ ine their circum s tances . There is als o, however, a m ore pers onal ans wer. Science tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how m uch we cannot know we m ay becom e ins ens itive to m any things of very great im portance. Theology, on the other hand, induces a dogm atic belief that we have knowledge, where in fact we have ignorance, and by doing s o generates a kind of im pertinent ins olence towards the univers e. Uncertainty, in the pres ence of vivid hopes and fears , is painful, but m us t be endured if we wis h to live without the s upport of com forting fairy tales . It is not good either to forget the ques tions that philos ophy as ks , or to pers uade ours elves...
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