The Rejection of Reason

During the 18th Century, as a result of the Enlightenment, people became very impressed by Reason – and thought all their beliefs and actions could be based on it alone.

This was the reasoning behind the French Revolution – that made it obvious, that this mode of reasoning had serious defects.

I am reading The Prelude where Wordsworth, as an idealistic young man – grappled with these problems, unsuccessfully. He formed a romantic attachment with a French woman, who bore him a daughter. That he abandoned when he returned to England.

His poetry there was Romantic – a reaction to the Enlightenment. That emphasized the Passions. Although it is more accurate, to describe his work as a struggle between the two.

In Neurological Biology, which I am taking a MOOC on, it is clear that our nervous systems support both of them – and we have to have both.


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