Tuesday, December 22, 2015

On Mysticism & Skepticism

"If mysticism advocates the promiscuous acceptance of ideas, skepticism advocates their promiscuous doubt. The mystic “just knows” whatever he wants to believe; the skeptic “just doesn't know” whatever he wants not to believe. The operative term and guiding force here is “wants,” i.e., feeling. Both viewpoints reduce to emotionalism; both represent the reliance on feeling as a cognitive guide. Both represent a denial of man’s need of logic and an enshrinement of the arbitrary."

~ Dr. Leonard Peikoff in OPAR (Essay on Reason)

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