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Quotation by Ludwig Wittgenstein
It would strike me as ridiculous to want to doubt the existence of Napoleon; but if someone doubted the existence of the earth 150 years ago, perhaps I should be more willing to listen, for now he is doubting our whole system of evidence.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951), Austrian philosopher. On Certainty, sect. 185, ed. Anscombe and von Wright (1969).
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