Bertrand Russell quote about philosophy from The Problems of Philosophy - whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.
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whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.
 Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy (1912). copy citation

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“If the cloth completely hides the table, we shall derive no sense-data from the table, and therefore, if the table were merely sense-data, it would have ceased to exist, and the cloth would be suspended in empty air, resting, by a miracle, in the place where the table formerly was. This seems plainly absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.
One great reason why it is felt that we must secure a physical object in addition to the sense-data, is that we want the same object for different people. When ten people are sitting round a dinner-table, it seems preposterous to maintain that they are not seeing the same tablecloth, the same knives and forks and spoons and glasses.” source

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