Three virtues of the enlightenment

Condorcet speaks of three universal virtues that lead to God; they seem intuitively compelling:

Truth: The use of reason will liberate us from tradition, it will show us the light; through reason we can learn Newtonian mechanics; and we must deny the urge within us of being too metaphysically pretentious.

Goodness: The use of reason will liberate us from tradition, the norms which are arbitrary and time-dependent shall be released from our minds; we will derive universal laws of conduct through counterfactual reasoning; they shall be imperatives that are categorical.

Beauty: The use of reason will liberate us from tradition; we will make beautiful music through the use of reason alone; there is no talk of opinion when we have a universal criterion of judgement. Only the superior can be funny; beautiful; profound.

In a future post I shall challenge these ideals that I have set up for myself.

I consider these values very seriously; if we deny these values we concede a lot of reason to our traditional insights.

Will the dogmatist win?

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