"We must examine every thing, as if we were a tabula rasa."

— Bayle, Pierre (1647-1706); Anonymous


Place of Publication
London
Publisher
Printed for D. Midwinter, J. Brotherton; A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch, J. Hazard
Date
1737
Metaphor
"We must examine every thing, as if we were a tabula rasa."
Metaphor in Context
[...] Thus, for a certain time, that is, while each party is alledging his reasons, both those who deny, and those who affirm, ought to lay aside their thesis, and neither affirm nor deny it. it will be then a question; it will be a matter of enquiry; to proceed impartially in which we must not suffer our pre-conceived opinions to add any weight to the arguments that favour them, nor to weaken the contrary reasons. We must examine every thing, as if we were a tabula rasa. It is not necessary actually to doubt, and much less to affirm, that all we have believed is false: it is sufficient to keep it in a kind of suspence; that is, not to suffer our persuasion to byas us, in the judgment we are to pass upon the proofs of the existence of GOD, and the difficulties and arguments of the Atheists. This is doubtless what Des Cartes intended, when he would have his Philosopher doubt of every thing, before he examines the reasons of the certainty of it. [...]
(p. 81)
Provenance
Searching "tabula rasa" in ECCO
Citation
Bayle, Pierre. The dictionary historical and critical of Mr Peter Bayle. The second edition, ... To which is prefixed, the life of the author, revised, corrected, and enlarged, by Mr Des Maizeaux. Vol. 4. London, 1734-38. 5 vols. Based on information from English Short Title Catalogue. Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Gale Group.
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Theme
Blank Slate
Date of Entry
10/09/2006

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