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Unreasonable Men by Victor J. Seidler

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Chapter 3

Reason

REASON AND EMOTION

Within an Enlightenment tradition we inherit a view of knowledge as ‘objective’ and it is through a faculty of reason, sharply demarcated from nature, that we strive for objectivity. Within this vision reason is sovereign and the source of knowledge. It is because reason is a universal faculty that it can yield us objective and impartial knowledge. It is the task of reason to discern the laws that govern the empirical world of nature.

It is partly because nature has been rendered as inert matter that gives it its particular reality. Nature is real but it is bereft of consciousness and of value. It exists as separate and independent of the consciousness that is attempting to grasp it, which establishes the ...

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