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Single Idea 8099

[catalogued under 2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 9. Limits of Reason]

Full Idea

There are truths that instruct, perhaps, but they do not illuminate. In this class are all the truths of reasoning.

Gist of Idea

The truths of reason instruct, but they do not illuminate


Joseph Joubert (Notebooks [1800], 1800)

Book Reference

Joubert,Joseph: 'Notebooks', ed/tr. Auster,Paul [nyrb 2005], p.60

A Reaction

A rather romantic view, which strikes me as false. An inspiring truth can suddenly collapse when you see why it must be false. Equally a line of reasoning can lead to a truth which need becomes an illumination.