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Equality and Egalitarianism

Posted November 7, 2016 By John C Wright

I write this on the eve of what may be the final free election in the long and troubled history of our republic. The fact that the election is too close to call, when the differences between the candidates and the worldviews they represent is so clear, is an unanswerable condemnation of this generation. How […]

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The Suicide of Thought (Complete)

Posted October 24, 2016 By John C Wright

As a convenience for the reader, all parts of this essay have been here gathered in one place: Part One: the Murder of Euclid Imagine you are a detective called to a crime scene. You unlock the room where the corpse, dead under suspicious circumstances, hanged, but also stabbed and shot. Outside the window, at […]

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The Suicide of Thought (Part Ten)

Posted October 21, 2016 By John C Wright

Part Ten:  The Suicide of Thought Thus philosophy ends. Without any ability to justify or explain itself, its goals, or man’s place in the cosmos, philosophical inquiry ceases as a rigorous discipline. Nihilism is a halt state. Once the philosophy is adopted which, as a matter of doctrine, holds that no philosophical truths can ever […]

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The Suicide of Thought (Part Nine)

Posted October 20, 2016 By John C Wright

Part Nine: Anti-Christianity The ironic conclusion of all this centuries-long corruption of Western thought, pursued generation to generation, is exactly the opposite of the original design. Radical skepticism attempts to reduce the number of intuitive axioms needed for thought to zero, and hence find a system that was the opposite of religion, a perfectly rational […]

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The Suicide of Thought (Part Eight)

Posted October 19, 2016 By John C Wright

Part Eight:  The Matter of  Materialism Please note that the endless and silly debate about determinism and reductionist materialism is nothing but the crudest possible form of science worship as I have here defined it: the materialist takes the intuitive axiom of scientific reasoning, that all bodies act without free will, and applies it to […]

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The Suicide of Thought (Part Seven)

Posted October 18, 2016 By John C Wright

Part Seven: Black Robes and White Labcoats The second source of prestige for the physical sciences was that no judgment calls were allegedly involved. Let me digress to mention that in most languages there is a distinction between two types of knowledge that English does not distinguish: in French savoir and connaître are distinct, and […]

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The Suicide of Thought (Part Six)

Posted October 17, 2016 By John C Wright

Part Six: Everything is Nothing but Reductionism Returning to my example, the educated men with whom I debated the question of empirical geometry were locked into their conclusion because of their reductionism. No other explanation fits the clues. These men are prone to believe in a simplistic answers to the complexities of life. These are philosophers who […]

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The Suicide of Thought (Part Five)

Posted October 16, 2016 By John C Wright

Part Five: Science Envy Starting with Descartes, the philosophers attempted to erect the whole of philosophy on a foundation of something other than the common sense observations of Aristotle or Saint Thomas Aquinas, as well as finding something other than the intuitive axioms of Plato or Lucretius. It was immediately discovered that common sense, being […]

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The Suicide of Thought (Part Four)

Posted October 15, 2016 By John C Wright

Part Four: Sawing Off the Branch One note, endlessly repeated with all the post-Reformation philosophers, cannot help but intrude on the attention. All these theories have an obvious, blatant, notorious, and gross flaw that even a schoolboy could see. Not one could possibly be true, and should not have been taken seriously.

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The Suicide of Thought (Part Three)

Posted October 14, 2016 By John C Wright

Part Three: Strolling Down the Bookshelf So to answer our greater mystery, the reader is invited to turn to his bookshelf. If the reader happens not to have a bookshelf to hand, let us imagine yours is stocked by Mortimer Adler. He has put handsomely bound editions of what he (and a great many others) […]

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