Quote of the Week: George Santayana, “Skepticism and Animal Faith”

George-SantayanaIt is true that, quite apart from living discourse, a set of axioms and postulates, as simple as we like, may be posited in the air, and deductions drawn from them ad libitum; but such pure logic is otiose, unless we find or assume that discourse or nature actually follows it; and it is not by deduction from first principles, arbitrarily chosen, that human reasoning actually proceeds, but by lose habits of mental evocation which such principles at best may exhibit afterwards in an idealised form.

▪ George Santayana, Skepticism and Animal Faith: Introduction to a System of Philosophy (Charles Scribner’s Sons) extract from page 2.

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