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Stephen R. L. Clark

Going Beyond Our Worlds to find the World: What "Reason" is Really For


ISBN: 978-3-88405-767-4

Price: €9.80 (including 19 % tax)


Abstract

Seeking to reason about what we are to do when reasoning, or what the value of such practices may be, is all too likely to end in severe perplexity. That was indeed the complaint most often voiced to Socrates, that he was undermining his victims’ confidence even in their most careful and considered thought. Very oddly, modern philosophers are likely to combine distrust of Socrates’ own occasional demonstrations with disdain for the untutored, unconsidered, convictions of those who have not bothered to reason their way through life. They will often mock those who follow ‘reason’ where it leads and also those who are content with the idols of their tribe and time. There are assumptions that we have to make if reasoning is to be considered possible or valuable. Reasoning is inherently a social activity: to reason is to argue, to converse, to engage with friends and opponents willing to express a different view. Reasoning is also inherently realistic.
Those who say there is no truth are liars; those who say that we cannot find it out are admitting that they have no reason for what they say. But my question here is rather, why it matters? And a further question, what claim can we make about ‘man’ or about ‘humanity’ in contrast with other animals?




 


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