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By Ralph Hancock

Can we run our lives and govern our societies by way of cause? The query provoked Socrates to redirect philosophic inquiry in a political path, and it has remained basic to Western suggestion. Martin Heidegger explored this challenge in his profound critique of the Western metaphysical culture, and Leo Strauss answered to Heidegger with an try and get well the classical notion of the guideline of cause.

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The accountability of Reason, Ralph C. Hancock undertakes at the least to respond to the Heideggerian problem. supplying trenchant and unique interpretations of Aristotle, Heidegger, Strauss, and Alexis de Tocqueville, he argues that Tocqueville observed the basic extra in actual fact than it seems that deeper philosophers. Hancock addresses political theorists at the query of the grounding of liberalism, and, whilst, philosophers at the most elementary questions of the that means and boundaries of cause. furthermore, he indicates how those questions are for us inseparable.

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309. 27. , 301. 28. , 304. 29. 2, 43. 30. Lilla, Stillborn, 304. 31. S Lewis, The Abolition of Man (New York: Harper Collins, 2001), 64. 32. Tocqueville’s term for the sacrifice of our concrete humanity to a boundless passion for homogeneity, a passion that is as much intellectual as it is social. Reason’s Meaning and Responsibility in a Liberal-Democratic Age 29 33. Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, Art. 6. 34. Note: see Phillipe Raynaud, “The ‘Rights of Man and Citizen” in “The French Constitutional Tradition,” The Legacy of the French Revolution, ed.

91. 18. , 108. 19. , 162. 20. Ibid. 21. , 298. 22. , 300. 23. , 302. 24. , 300. 25. , 307. 26. , 309. 27. , 301. 28. , 304. 29. 2, 43. 30. Lilla, Stillborn, 304. 31. S Lewis, The Abolition of Man (New York: Harper Collins, 2001), 64. 32. Tocqueville’s term for the sacrifice of our concrete humanity to a boundless passion for homogeneity, a passion that is as much intellectual as it is social. Reason’s Meaning and Responsibility in a Liberal-Democratic Age 29 33. Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, Art.

But these very dreams, orphaned by substantive reason, are left without stable, limiting substance or content, and thus are reduced to empty and temporary forms subject to the limitless deployment of will. Theory is thus in one sense radically separated from practice and in another sense fused with it. The power of reason is raised to the highest degree only by divorcing reason from nature, or from any authoritative structure of meaning, and thus, in the last analysis, by erasing the distinction between reason and will.

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