Reasonings Archive

The Triumph of Claptrappery

Posted January 19, 2017 By John C Wright

I confess my indifference to the modern program in philosophy, that is, the attempt to replace philosophy with nihilism, snark, nonsense, and hysteria, has grown into a steady and steadfast determination that it must be opposed at all costs. I will not call my mood hatred, since hate has no part of this: but if you […]

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What Are the Odds?

Posted January 18, 2017 By John C Wright

A very great deal of confusion among educated men is caused by the sloppy locution in the English language which allows us to say chance “caused” something. Indeed, at times I believe the whole of the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Mechanics is merely a confusion of words. Chance is the word we use when we […]

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Socratic Irony

Posted January 14, 2017 By John C Wright

A dialogue: JCW: Do you or do you not think Socrates knew the answers to the questions he posed? SJ: You know, that’s a surprisingly good question. JCW: (Says nothing, but puffs out his chest a bit, sticking his thumbs in both lapels, rocking back and forth slightly on the balls of his feet, and trying to […]

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On Stereotypes

Posted December 16, 2016 By John C Wright

This is a quote from a longer column I wrote on the basic mechanics of storytelling. An idea often noised about by Leftists, but one which no sober man should take seriously, is the idea that stereotypes, in of themselves, are bad. Far from being bad stereotypes are a necessary in inescapable tool in the writer’s […]

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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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