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The Barbarism of the Intellect

Emanuel L. Paparella writes in Ovi:

The attempt to divorce mythos (the imaginative) from logos (the rational) is as old as Plato’s Republic. The risk of that intellectual operation is that one ends up in rationalism, what Vico dubs “the barbarism of the intellect,” pure reason rationalizing what ought never to be rationalized. C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces is a fine example of Vico’s poetic philosophy that keeps the two friendly to each other without forcing one to become the handmaiden of the other.

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  1. The Imugi
    June 26, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    And as Karen Armstrong points out, once mythos and logos has been seperated, for many people mythos *becomes* the new logos: religious fundamentalism. For those who cleave to logos alone, as you say, you wind up with a “rationalism” or even worse, a “scientism”.

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