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The Appeal to Common Sense


Thus we cannot simply dismiss the principles of common sense as invalid or fictitious. What attitude, then, ought we to adopt towards them? There are two obvious suggestions.

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page 192 note 1 And others? Those who do not obey are sent to lunatic asylums.

page 196 note 1 A further point: The theory says that only sense-data and images are knowable. But it itself can hardly be a mere set of sense-data and images. Or if it is, it is mere noise and ink-marks, and cannot be true or false.

page 200 note 1 Or if you will, we are more than sure, because we are in a state where the distinction between sure and unsure does not arise at all.

page 201 note 1 I do not mean that beliefs cannot be true, but only that the believer of them cannot know that they are true.

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