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Walking the Tightrope of Reason: The Precarious Life of a Rational Animal

Robert Fogelin


Human beings are both supremely rational and deeply superstitious, capable of believing just about anything and of questioning just about everything. Indeed, just as our reason demands that we know the truth, our skepticism leads to doubts we can ever really do so. This book guides us through a contradiction that lies at the very heart of philosophical inquiry. The book argues that our rational faculties insist on a purely rational account of the universe; yet at the same time, the inherent limitations of these faculties ensure that we will never fully satisfy that demand. As a result of being ... More

Keywords: truth, skepticism, rational faculties, rational account, paradox, Kant, rational life, absolute relativism, truth-claims

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195177541
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177541.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Fogelin, author
Dartmouth College
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