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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Allan Bloom and reason

This post is a collection of quotes from philosopher Allan Bloom (1930-1992) about reason. There are 3 quotes listed below.


1. "Only the search back to the origins of one's ideas in order to see the real arguments for them, before people became so certain of them that they ceased thinking about them all, can liberate us." (Giants and Dwarfs, 1990)


2. "There are two threats to reason, the opinion that one knows the truth about the most important things and the opinion that there is not truth about them." (Giants and Dwarfs, 1990)


3. "The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers, not because he is obstinate but because he knows others of consideration." (Closing of the American Mind, 1987)