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  • L'ensemble des idées que les hommes se font du monde, notamment ce qu'ils prennent pour un savoir sûr, est construit par eux. En apprenant, en modifiant nos idées à la lumière de ce que nous apprenons, nous pouvons nous approcher de la vérité, mais nos idées demeurent nos idées et elles contiennent toujours une part de conjecture. (Lamontagne, translating Magee?)
    • Human views of things are human creations, including what we take to be our knowledge. By learning more and more, and changing our ideas in the light of what we learn, we may get nearer and nearer to the truth, but our ideas remain always ours, and there is always an element of guesswork involved. (Magee, interpreting Xenophanes?)
      • Xenophanes, as in 978-0789435118:
As for certain truth, no man has known it,
Nor shall he know it, neither of the gods
Nor yet of all the things of which I speak,
For even if by chance he were to utter
The final truth, he would himself not know it:
For all is but a woven web of guesses.