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It is impossible to prove by reason alone that reason has the validity accorded it by humanism

September 24, 2009

It is impossible to prove by reason alone that reason has the validity accorded it by humanism, and the twentieth century has strongly undermined this confidence in two places. Modern psychology has shown that, far from being utterly rational, man has motivations at a deeper level than his reasoning powers, and he is only partially aware of these forces. Much of what was called reasoning is now more properly called rationalizing.

Os Guinness, Dust of Death, 1973, p.14

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