Best register-change I’ve seen in an academic book in a while: Hayot, Humanist reason

From Hayot, Eric. 2021. Humanist Reason: A History. an Argument. a Plan. New York: Columbia University Press.

One could well begin a critique of the current state of reason by remarking on the genuine epistemological weirdness of scientific reason’s dominance, which in some respects seems to fail the test of reason itself. Is it not a bit strange, after all, that the culturally dominant idea of reason and truth with which we live stems from the steps forward made by a set of institutionalized practices that focused, as they developed this theory of reason, almost entirely on inanimate, nonconscious objects, or on non-conscious parts of animate objects? Read the rest of this entry »


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