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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

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

Anke Finger

Rainer Guldin

Gustavo Bernardo

University of Minnesota Press

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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