Explaining Max

It’s very simple, really. The force that drives me to write much of what I write is a fierce objection to the retreat of reason in the world.

The problem was summed up well by Roger Scruton in 1999:

“The Enlightenment made explicit what had long been implicit in the intellectual life of Europe: the belief that rational inquiry leads to objective truth. Even those Enlightenment thinkers who distrusted reason, like Hume, and those who tried to circumscribe its powers, like Kant, never relinquished their confidence in rational argument … For the ensuing 200 years, reason retained its position as the arbiter of truth and the foundation of objective knowledge. [But] reason is now on the retreat, both as an ideal and as a reality.”

(as quoted in How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World by Francis Wheen, 2004)

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