Contemporary historians of philosophy … in conformity with a tradition inherited from the Middle Ages … consider philosophy to be purely abstract-theoretical activity.
Sanctimonious people everywhere denounce damn lies and the lying liars who tell them. Speaking the truth, they imply, would cure our political and personal ills. Its absence is the cause of our woes. But is telling the truth really good for you?
I must die, must I? If at once, then I am dying:
if soon, I dine now, as it is time for dinner, and afterwards when the time comes I will die.
—Epictetus, Discourses, I.i
Spin the bottle in any college dorm and you’ll kiss a relativist. But have you ever set lips on an absolutist?
Good health is the great goal in life, according to a delightfully glum children’s game made for The Infant’s Hospital.