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Ideas of David Roochnik, by Text

[American, fl. 1990, Professor at Iowa State University.]

1990 The Tragedy of Reason
Intro. 12 p.12 'Logos' ranges from thought/reasoning, to words, to rational structures outside thought
Intro. 15 p.15 In the seventeenth century the only acceptable form of logos was technical knowledge
Intro. 17 p.17 The hallmark of a person with logos is that they give reasons why one opinion is superior to another
p.106 p.106 Unfortunately for reason, argument can't be used to establish the value of argument
p.108 p.108 Logos cannot refute the relativist, and so must admit that it too is a matter of desire (for truth and agreement)
p.109 p.109 Human desire has an ordered structure, with logos at the pinnacle
p.120 p.120 Philosophy aims to satisfy the chief human desire - the articulation of beauty itself
p.124 p.124 Reasoning aims not at the understanding of objects, but at the desire to give beautiful speeches
p.139 p.139 We prefer reason or poetry according to whether basics are intelligible or not
p.144 p.144 Attempts to suspend all presuppositions are hopeless, because a common ground must be agreed for the process
p.175 p.175 Logos is not unconditionally good, but good if there is another person willing to engage with it
p.199 p.199 Reality can be viewed neutrally, or as an object of desire
p.199 p.199 You have to be a Platonist to debate about reality, so every philosopher is a Platonist
p.41 p.41 Relativism is a disease which destroys the possibility of rational debate
p.47 p.47 If relativism is the correct account of human values, then rhetoric is more important than reasoning
p.74 p.74 Modern science, by aiming for clarity about the external world, has abandoned rationality in the human world