Edward A. Morris

Rookie - 0 Points (1971- / USA)

Ode To The Failure Of Modern Philosophy To Defeat Skepticism - Poem by Edward A. Morris

Poor ol' Pyrrho, he's the hero
Of my somber poetry:
Couldn't figure how to pick your
Core beliefs with certainty.

Bold Descartes, he got the party
Started with his Cogito.
Up popped Pyrrho (what a zero!) ,
Said to think is not to know.

Next, John Locke, he tried his luck; he
Claimed true knowledge must appear
By consensus of the senses,
But just how, he wasn't clear.

David Hume, an ornery human,
Stripped Sir Science of support.
Just one reason he could seize on:
Custom is our sheer resort.

Kant, the strange one, said, now hang on;
For what's really real don't fuss:
Be content to just consent to
What our minds make real to us.

Lastly, Hegel scored a bagel
With his dialectic ways:
Synthesizing's just surmising
When you have no solid base.

Oh, bewail their learned failure
To make absolutely sure
Of the theories man can fear he's
Welcomed with a false allure!

As for poor ol' Pyrrho's moral,
Which I think we should applaud:
Don't be blurtin' that you're certain—
You are just a man, not God.

Topic(s) of this poem: philosophy


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, September 1, 2014


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