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Quotation: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) on innate ideas


The doctrine of innate ideas is one of the most admirable faiths of philosophy, being itself an innate idea and therefore inaccessible to disproof…Among innate ideas may be mentioned the belief…in the greatness of one’s country, in the superiority of one’s civilization, in the importance of one’s personal affairs, and in the interesting nature of one’s diseases.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss