Excerpt from The Philosophy of Faith: An Enquiry
It is the first business of reason as the organ of philosophy to understand its own processes. Should it be found that actually reason cannot, on its own responsibility, guarantee the validity of the scientific method as an ins... trument of real knowledge, still that method would not be dis credited. It is certain that we must hold to the scientific method. Only let us understand clearly why we do so.
In fact reason, starting from its own logical postulates as merely provisional, has no difficulty in proving from those very premises that some at least of them are theoretically questionable and dubious; yet at the same time finds very good practical and passional reasons for adhering to them, and to the method based upon them, with the most absolute assurance. Now it is evident at once that these same practical and passional considerations, or analogous ones, may have their legitimate applications in higher departments of speculation.
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