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Philip Kitcher quotes and sayings

February 20, 1947
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : If the research agenda reflects "market forces", the problems of the poor are likely to be even more neglected than they already are.
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : Refined religion is aimed at realizing ethical values, including the fostering of human lives and human communities.
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : I take the ethical truths to be the stable elements that emerge out of ethical progress and that are retained under further ethical progress.
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : So my methodological approach is to draw on many different features in highlighting different facets of the novella.
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : Most influential of all is the philosopher Stanley Cavell, and a younger generation of philosophers who have attempted to follow his pioneering work in thinking about literature philosophically.
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : Mann's Death in Venice actually contains a snippet of philosophy about the second question, when Aschenbach, collapsed in the plaza, engages in his quasi-Socratic, anti-Socratic, ruminations.
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : Philosophers ought to aspire to know lots of different things and to forge useful synthetic perspectives.
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : For a pragmatist like me, the important issues concern the words we might deploy to achieve our purposes, rather than the language we actually use.
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : The theory of evolution explains to us what our ancestry has been. It does not explain away our worth. Why should we be afraid to learn more about what we are?
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : I'm very suspicious of the idea of a "final theory" in natural science, and the thought of a complete system of ethical rules seems even more dubious.
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : The expert is a midwife. The expert is not someone who has the authority to pronounce the last word on the subject.
Philip Kitcher motivational quote : It's a very bad idea for scientific conclusions to be accepted because they fit with the political values of a group of researchers.