European crisis has its roots in a mistaken rationalism

“I, too, am quite sure that the European crisis has its roots in a mistaken rationalism.”

EDMUND HUSSERL: Philosophy and the Crisis of European Man

note: Husserl’s constant plea has been for a return to the ‘rationalism’ of Socrates and Plato (cf. ‘Philosophy as Regorous Science’, p. 76 supra), not to the rationalism of seventeenth – and eighteenth – century Europe. His own inspiration, however, is traceable far more to Descartes, Hume, and Kant than to Socrates and Plato.

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