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Single Idea 19666

[catalogued under 2. Reason / B. Laws of Thought / 2. Sufficient Reason]

Full Idea

So long as we continue to believe that there is a reason why things are the way they are rather than some other way, we will construe this world is a mystery, since no such reason will every be vouchsafed to us.

Gist of Idea

If we insist on Sufficient Reason the world will always be a mystery to us


Quentin Meillassoux (After Finitude; the necessity of contingency [2006], 4)

Book Reference

Meillassoux: 'After Finitude: the necessity of contingency', ed/tr. Brassier,R [Bloomsbury 2008], p.83

A Reaction

Giving up sufficient reason sounds like a rather drastic response to this. Put it like this: Will we ever be able to explain absolutely everything? No. So will the world always be a little mysterious to us? Yes, obviously. Is that a problem? No!