Practical Epistemology

Modern philosophy was born in the century after Erasmus and Luther. It emerged, not coincidentally, in the wake of the ensanguined doctrinal disputes that killed off Europeans at a higher percentage of their population than did World War I. Modern philosophy would be marked by its refocus on epistemology, which scrupulously analyzes the conditions for knowledge, as opposed to mere belief, and which recognizes, in the spirit of Erasmus, that among the threats to human flourishing, we should not underestimate the dangers of misplaced certitude.
- REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN, Erasmus vs. Luther — a Rift That Defined the Course of Western Civilization, NYT, MARCH 29, 2018

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