Assumptions



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We feel we are stating a natural sequence of events when we say: this house was burned down because the lightning struck it. Primitive man senses an equally natural sequence when he says: a sorcerer has used the lightning to set fire to this particular house.

In explaining things in this way he is just like ourselves: he does not question his assumptions.

[C.G. Jung]
Modern Man In Search Of A Soul ('Archaic Man'), p.130



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[Popper] believes that philosophy is a necessary activity because we, all of us, take a great number of things for granted, and many of these assumptions are of a philosophical character; we act on them in private life, in politics, in out work, and in every other sphere of our lives - but while some of these assumptions are no doubt true, it is likely that more are false and some are harmful.

So the critical examination of our presuppositions - which is a philosophical activity - is morally as well as intellectually important.

[Bryan Magee]
Popper, p. 15


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