The four points of the compass

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2012
Authors
Alexander, J.
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Philosophy
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0031-8191
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Cambridge University Press
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87
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1
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79 - 107
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English
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Article
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Philosophy has four forms: wonder, faith, doubt and scepticism. These are not separate categories, but separate ideal possibilities. Modern academic philosophy has fallen, for several centuries, into an error: which is the error of supposing that philosophy is only what I call doubt. Philosophy may be doubt: indeed, it is part of my argument that this is undeniably one element of, or one possibility in, philosophy; but doubt is only one of four points of the compass. In this essay I indicate the nature of each point of the compass as it has been found in the history of philosophy. © 2012 The Royal Institute of Philosophy.

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