“Are Philosophers Crazy?”

That is the very question I asked a Professor one time. I am not crazy, but some philosophers may or may not be. Some philosophers, too, may be good or bad. I’m going to talk about the bad-crazy kind. It’s a special blend of philosopher whom I shall smite (in words, of course).

There’s this theory. A theory that logic and rationality are normative. This may be a hot thing to think. I’m going to tell you: It just ain’t so.

Two years ago, I started on a thought. You can, if you will, read it here. The essay is titled the “Tyranny of Reason,” but it’s not exactly reason. It’s a special brand brand of non-reason I object to. There is, as a matter of fact, an objective way to reason and think. That’s why we teach Introduction to Logic. That’s why we weed out cognitive biases.

Folks who purport there is “nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so” may, after all is said and done, end up a tragic figure in Hamlet.

The arguments, if I dare look at them, will undoubtedly fall apart under any logic-microscope. It is not the case that logic and reason are normative. It is precisely the case that those who purport such are the actual tyrants. I wish to not name names, for that would, very likely, impinge character. However, if anyone would like to stand up and have their work so scrutinized, let me know.

-Jennifer Lawson

Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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