Voltaire on Locke's bravery to admit ignorance

The French philosopher Voltaire became one of Locke's greatest defenders. Voltaire wrote that it was brave of Locke to admit ignorance when no evidence was avaible, for instance on the nature of the soul (see the previous post).

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He wrote Locke “dared modestly to propose: We will never, perhaps, be able to know whether a purely material being can think.”

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Voltaire claimed it was courageous of Locke to admit ignorance when insufficient evidence was available. He famously added:

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As for me, on this matter I boast that I am as stupid as Locke.

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