Existentialism is super-rational

A favourite myth of diehard modernists is that Existentialism is ‘irrational’ – a term used to dismiss rather than discuss. It is not irrational, rather it is non-rational. There is a profound difference between the two. Kierkegaard’s leap of faith (actually, leap into faith) is only to be taken when reason has been stretched to its limits. He defines faith as an objective uncertainty grasped with subjective certainty. Existentialism is beyond reason, it is super-rational.

Even Immanuel Kant, the champion of reason, recognised that reason had its limits and allowed room for (but did not encourage) faith and imagination. It is time that those who profess to follow him did the same, rather than clinging to triumphalist myths of reason which were thoroughly discredited last century.


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