Leitmotif

Reason as the Leading Motive

Godel and Reason

Posted by Jerry on February 14, 2006

Something that Godel said may well have been said by Rand, and it would be no different:

“Every error is due to extraneous factors (such as emotion and education); reason itself does not err.”
– 1972

It might seem strange on the surface that Godel makes a claim about the infallibility of Reason when infact he is most famous for a proof that many have considered a huge contradiction at the very core of mathematical and logical systems (the exemplars of Reason at its purest).

Ofcourse, Godel is equating Reason in this context with the purely logical and deductive. Rand did not have such a narrow understanding of Reason, and she further accepted the feedback of one’s emotions to the loop of cognition and decision making.

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