Re: Pardon my rant, was Re: Afghanistan after the war

From: Technotranscendence (
Date: Sun Nov 11 2001 - 18:14:38 MST

On Saturday, November 10, 2001 9:46 PM Michael M. Butler
> I have finally had a chance to look at Bartley's _Retreat to Commitment_,
> and I find I must say that pancritical rationalism is not much in evidence
> in the public today. 39 years it's been sitting there.
> Bartley probably overrated intellectual honesty.
> The first thing most people retreat to is always commitment, it seems.
> I don't exclude this list. I admit to having done my share of it.
> "The primary purpose of thinking is to abolish thinking."--E. de Bono in a
saturnine mood.
> Sometimes one _must_ retreat to commitment. But I want it to be my last
> as much of the time as is practicable.

I was impressed by Bartley's book when I read it about a decade ago. (I
still ahve yet to read his book on Wittgentstein, but I did read and like
his, I believe, final book, _Unfathomed Knowledge, Unmeasured Wealth_.)

On the subject of the book, see my very brief "Comments on Pancritical
Rationalism" at , though it's not
an attempt to utterly refute the whole book...


Daniel Ust

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