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Locke : « Aimer la vérité pour elle-même »

Abstract : The virtues of truth and truthfulness are significant features of Locke’s philosophical ethos. To love truth for truth’s sake, one needs to attend to the various opinions submitted to one’s judgment with perfect indifference. This epistemic “indifferency” is both the golden rule for an “ethics of belief,” stating that one should not entertain “any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant” (essay IV. xix. 1), and an intellectual virtue that one has to foster and cultivate through study and exercise. The last part of the paper shows how these views are illustrated in Locke’s own practice of philosophy, especially in an essay concerning Human understanding.
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Philippe Hamou. Locke : « Aimer la vérité pour elle-même ». Archives de Philosophie, Centre Sèvres, 2018, ⟨10.3917/aphi.811.0099⟩. ⟨hal-02323426⟩



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