Saturday, January 12, 2008

Reasonable and Unreasonable Reasons

When a man values the life of his horse more than the life of his coachman, he has his reasons for doing so; but they are particular reasons that every reasonable man abhors. They are reasons that at bottom are unreasonable, because they do not confrom with Sovereign Reason, or the Universal Reason, that all men consult.

Malebranche, Search (Tenth Elucidation), LO 613.