The Man on the Clapham Omnibus The ‘Man on the Clapham Omnibus’ is an hypothetical reasonable, ordinary person used in English law courts as a standard to judge the actions of real people in given situations — particularly to determine… Read More ›
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 ›
The Light of Pure Reason ‘Well, that is what I call the child of the good’, I said. ‘The good has begotten it in its own likeness, and it bears the same relation to sight and visible objects in the… 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.
“And as in arithmetic, unpracticed men must, and professors themselves may often err and cast up false, so also in any other subject of reasoning, the ablest, most attentive, and most practised men may deceive themselves and infer false conclusions,… Read More ›