November 29, 2009

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CARTESIAN, adj. Ambrose Bierce: THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY

CARTESIAN,  adj. relating to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author of the celebrated dictum, Cogito ergo sum  –whereby  he was pleased to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence. The dictum might be improved, however, thus: Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum – “I think that I think, therefore I think that I am”; as close an approximation to certainty as any philosopher has yet made.

Ambrose Bierce. The Devil’s Dictionary (The Peter Pauper Press 1958). pp 14.

Link: Wikipedia Entry for Ambrose Bierce

Link: Powell’s -a Genuine Bookstore: Ambrose Bierce

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  1. Rascal! I still have that too, Kevin.So many my favorites are prbobaly a Hans Christian Andersen collection illustrated by Arthur Rackham, no cover left at all, sewn spine stiches still holding,a Poe collection also Rackham illustrated (with dog-chewed cover), and an early dictionary with a leather cover and rosewood inset, also dog-chewed. You can see why these were not library books.

    Comment by Sajadah — August 3, 2014 @ 1:15 am

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