The Fearless Student Whose Aim Is Truth

From Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson (10):

“The present essay itself is, I suppose, unblushingly ‘classical,’ ‘traditional’ and ‘orthodox’; at least these are the epithets with which those whose sophisms are here subjected to analysis will no doubt attempt to dismiss it. But the student whose aim is to attain as much truth as possible will not be frightened by such adjectives. . . . As Morris R. Cohen has remarked: ‘The notion that we can dismiss the views of all previous thinkers surely leaves no basis for the hope that our own work will prove of any value to others.'”

3 Responses to The Fearless Student Whose Aim Is Truth

  1. Ray Van Neste February 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Great quote, and “Amen!”

  2. Alex June 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Here are some more quotes by Morris Cohen!

    “Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essence of religion, namely, its absolute claims.”

    “If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good.”

    I love this guy!

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