April 2017

Mises on the limits of science

Two selections from Human Action: Both principles of cognition—causality and teleology—are, owing to the limitations of human reason, imperfect and do not convey ultimate knowledge. Causality leads to a regressus in infinitum which reason can never exhaust. Teleology is found wanting as soon as the question is raised of what moves the prime mover. Either method stops short […]

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Anxiety, peace, zen: RIP Robert Pirsig.

Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died yesterday. He was 88. The most formative class I took in college was Civilization and Literature, where I spent half the semester writing a paper on Zen. In it, I described Pirsig via Hamlet: So oft it chances in particular men That for some vicious mole of nature […]

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On wisdom

The state of wisdom is when man has no longer any concern about understanding truths and goods, but about willing and living them; for this is to be wise. — Emanuel Swedenborg He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good. — Solomon Knowing yourself is the beginning of […]

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