Naturally, we are inherently rational.
Good early morning RRS. I want to receive some feedback on a thought put forth by John McDowell in his book Mind and World. In his section titled "Lecture IV. Reason and Nature" he says, "we need to see ourselves as animals whose natural being is permeated with rationality" (85). If any of you have read this book, or heard of McDowell, I'm sure you already know that he is difficult to understand. So for those of you who haven't read him before, I would like you to simply either express your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with what he said and why you feel that way.
My aim in getting feedback about this concept is not entirely narrowed as of yet. Although, I do feel that it is important because of the implications of his attempt to argue that nature inherently implies rationality. I would like to primarily hear your take on McDowell's argument in relation to most of the topics discussed here at the RRS.
Initially, my view is that McDowell's position supports the atheist conception of human existence as primarily being a result of purely natural events. Therefore, applying McDowell's view as support to an atheistic position would explain rationality in purely terms of nature without the need to appeal to a supernatural "god".
I look forward to hearing other perspectives/takes on this.
The implication that we should put Darwinism on trial overlooks the fact that Darwinism has always been on trial within the scientific community. -- From Finding Darwin's God by Kenneth R. Miller
Chaos and chance don't mean the absence of law and order, but rather the presence of order so complex that it lies beyond our abilities to grasp and describe it. -- From From Certainty to Uncertainty by F. David Peat