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Single Idea 4631

[catalogued under 4. Formal Logic / B. Propositional Logic PL / 2. Tools of Propositional Logic / e. Axioms of PL]

Full Idea

In ideal circumstances, an axiom should be such that no rational agent could possibly object to its use.

Gist of Idea

In ideal circumstances, an axiom should be such that no rational agent could possibly object to its use

Source

J Baggini / PS Fosl (The Philosopher's Toolkit [2003], 1.09)

Book Reference

Baggini,J and Fosl,P.S.: 'The Philosopher's Toolkit' [Blackwells 2003], p.26


A Reaction

Yes, but the trouble is that all our notions of 'rational' (giving reasons, being consistent) break down when we look at unsupported axioms. In what sense is something rational if it is self-evident?