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124. Absolute Knowledge and Moral Growth

 

 

124. Absolute Knowledge and Moral Growth
The result of all philosophical thought is that absolute knowledge is an impossibility. The poet Browning turns this impossibility to ethical use by a very ingenious argument. The uncertainty of human knowledge, teaches the poet, is a necessary condition of moral growth; since complete knowledge will destroy the liberty of human choice.

* This reflection was published in New Era, Lucknow, in 1917.
“…teaches the poet” was changed to “says the poet” – KAS.

 

 

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