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“Bertrand Russell wrote: ‘There is little of the true philosophic spirit in Aquinas. He does not, like the Platonic Socrates, set out to follow wherever the argument may lead. Before he begins to philosophize, he already knows the truth; it is declared in the Catholic faith. . . . The finding of arguments for a conclusion given in advance is not philosophy, but special pleading.’ It has often been remarked that this last remark comes oddly from a philosopher who (as we shall see) in his book Principia Mathematica takes hundreds of pages to prove that one and one make two.”

Anthony Kenny, An Illustrated Brief History of western philosophy
Blackwell 2006, p.152