more from Robert Fogelin

Single Idea 6576

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / C. Rationalism / 1. Rationalism]

Full Idea

My own view might be called 'circumspect rationalism' - the view that our intellectual faculties provide our only means for comprehending the world in which we find oruselves.


'Circumspect' means 'cautious'

Gist of Idea

My view is 'circumspect rationalism' - that only our intellect can comprehend the world


Robert Fogelin (Walking the Tightrope of Reason [2003], Ch.3)

Book Reference

Fogelin,Robert: 'Walking the Tightrope of Reason' [OUP 2004], p.70

A Reaction

He needs to say more than that to offer a theory, but I like the label, and it fits the modern revival of rationalism, with which I sympathise, and which rests, I think, on Russell's point that self-evidence comes in degrees, not as all-or-nothing truth.