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How To Be A Rational Person
November 24, 2008, 10:12 am
Filed under: Epistemology

Follow rules of right thinking you read about in your critical thinking textbook?  Be excessively disposed to doubt cherished beliefs?

Actually, isn’t it far better advice to eat well, sleep well, and have your passions under control?  If you are hungry, tired, or constantly in the grip of anger, you’ll make terrible decisions and come to stupid conclusions.  Being rational has more to do with your spiritual condition than following the rules you learned in your ‘critical thinking’ class, doesn’t it?

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” Being rational has more to do with your spiritual condition than following the rules you learned in your ‘critical thinking’ class, doesn’t it?”

Very much so, yes. Any rational person would understand they are not simply a brain with legs. Rather they are a whole person with many different capacities, all of which touch on, depart from, and depend to varying degrees on the rational. Likewise, the capacity for rational thinking depends on all the other parts of a person, too.

The rational person is a person who tends to his/her whole self, not just what s/he learned in ‘critical thinking’ class.

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