Reason and Anti-Reason in Our Time

Reason and Anti-Reason in Our Time

Reason and Anti-Reason in Our Time

Reason and Anti-Reason in Our Time

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There is no common ground among contemporary philosophers. Thomism forms an exception for those who believe in it, and far removed from it intellectually there are the schools and literary movements centred round a single master, the most successful of which are Marxism and psychoanalysis. In these short lectures I do not propose to discuss any one problem. That would presuppose the common ground we lack. I wish to draw attention to the essential and general factor of philosophical thinking in which we may be able to re-discover a common ground. I mean the self-evident faculty of Reason, which is as old as the hills, has sometimes been buried or frivolously despised, has always to be acquired anew and can never be entirely consummated.

Since the day in 1901 when I first entered the University of Heidelberg and these very rooms as a . . .

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