Myths Of Reason

Murray Code

Murray Code here addresses a question of fundamental and perennial concern to philosophy--the meaning of rationality. He argues that common conceptions of this notion are founded upon dubious myths of reason that systematic approaches to rational understanding are inherently limited by denying the cognitive value of myth and metaphor. Questioning whether the meaning of rationality is well understood in Western philosophy, Professor Code focuses on the problem of the proper role of system in understanding reality. He draws upon the writings of major contemporary logicians/ mathematicians/philosophers, such as Gottlob Frege, Ludwig Wittgestein, Bertrand Russell, W.V. Quine, C.S. Peirce, and A.N. Whitehead, and argues that abortive logicistic attempts to vanquish vagueness and ambiguity only help reveal the limitations of logic and system. This study will be of interest to all students of human thought who seek to bridge the chasm that divides scientific from humanistic ways of world-making.