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Single Idea 19221

[catalogued under 18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 5. Rationality]

Full Idea

The very fact that everybody so ridiculously overrates his own reasoning, is sufficient to show how superficial the faculty is.

Gist of Idea

Everybody overrates their own reasoning, so it is clearly superficial


Charles Sanders Peirce (Reasoning and the Logic of Things [1898], I)

Book Reference

Peirce,Charles Sanders: 'Reasoning and the Logic of Things', ed/tr. Ketner,K.L. [Harvard 1992], p.110

A Reaction

A nice remark. The obvious counter-thought is that the collective reasoning of mankind really has been rather impressive, even though people haven't yet figured out how to live at peace with one another.