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Vilém FlusserAn Introduction$
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Anke Finger, Rainer Guldin, and Gustavo Bernardo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674787

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674787.001.0001

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On Doubt: The Web of Language

On Doubt: The Web of Language

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(p.27) 2 On Doubt: The Web of Language
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Vilém Flusser
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Anke Finger

Rainer Guldin

Gustavo Bernardo

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674787.003.0002

This chapter highlights Vilém Flusser’s investigation of the meaning of “doubt”. It analyzes Flusser’s book A dúvida (On Doubt), which considers a central point of convergence in the Western thought about doubt with reference to Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. According to Kant, doubt is a state of thought with multiple meanings and terminates all certainty. In small doses doubt stimulates the thinking process, while in excessive doses doubt paralyzes mental agility. The chapter concludes with a review of Rene Descartes’ philosophy of the methodical doubt, a paradoxical strategy aimed at putting an end to all doubt.

Keywords:   Vilém Flusser, doubt, A dúvida, Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, thinking process, mental agility, methodical doubt, Rene Descartes

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