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Just to add a piece I penned a few days ago on rea...

2007-07-04T16:12:00.000+01:00

Just to add a piece I penned a few days ago on reason itself being at its very root a leap of faith, Steve:

An awareness that subordinates itself to pure reason must end in absolute nihilism, ie total scepticism about language itself. This is because if one managed to follow reason through to its end, which is to say to its root, one would arrive at the inescapable point where the first step of reason is itself a leap of faith; a leap of faith in which one decides to accept language as inherently corresponding to truth or meaning, and hence a means of divining truth. In fact, there are two main leaps of faith being made here; that truth exists, and that the symbolic world of language corresponds to it. The slave to reason would be forced into the mentioned position of absolute nihilism, as by their own terms of strict rationalism, the entire edifice of their thought depends on an impermissible starting point. They would have nothing to base a faith in language's being imbued with a meaning with which life is also imbued, and so language would have to be abandoned before it begins.

However, having finished quoting myself, I disagree with the idea that we are doomed to ignorance. There are entire philosophies suchas Buddhism based on the direct experiencing of pure mind or consciousness...language is a product of the mind after all, and why should the mind be a slave to an emanation of its own being.



I am just reading through the cited resources, tha...

2007-07-04T13:16:00.000+01:00

I am just reading through the cited resources, thanks for those. Certainly living, continuing to be in the world, is an act of faith, a reliance upon something.



Steve -- thanks for the nod towards my ongoing int...

2007-07-04T08:18:00.000+01:00

Steve -- thanks for the nod towards my ongoing interview with Dan Hind (on ReadySteadyBook).

Dan's book isn't perfect (what book or argument is!?), but its key insight, for me, is the very simple reminder that it isn't e.g. your local acupuncturist, vegan neighbour, pomo professor in the ex-Poly up the road, that is a threat: it is politicians and the weapons they can unleash.

Being afraid and distrustful of Gordon Brown is far more reasonable than being afraid and distrustful of your Muslim friends, neighbours and colleagues. This is important to remember in these increasingly worryingly racist times.