Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them. David Hume. A Treatise of Human Nature. Book II, Part III, Section III, Of… Read More ›
Another candidate for the Department of Idiotic Redundancies is the term “motivated reasoning”. As David Hume famously observed reason is a slave to the passions, by which is meant reason doesn’t move without a driver.