Sir Alfred J. Ayer
To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.
The ground for taking ignorance to be restrictive of freedom is that it causes people to make choices which they would not have made if they had seen what the realization of their choices involved.
While moral rules may be propounded by authority, the fact that these were so propounded would not validate them.
The traditional disputes of philosophers are, for the most part, as unwarranted as they are unfruitful.
There never comes a point where a theory can be said to be true. The most that one can claim for any theory is that it has shared the successes of all its rivals and that it has passed at least one test which they have failed.
Memorable Quotations: Philosophers (A - H)
Memorable Quotations: Philosophers (I - P)
Memorable Quotations: Philosophers (Q - Z)
Memorable Quotations: Philosophers of Western Civilization
(Kindle Book and Paperback)