Monday, 8 November 2021

What is common sense?

"Common sense is a simple and non-self-conscious use of logic... the childhood form of reasoning... That which today is called 'common sense' is the remnant of an Aristotelian influence....
    "But common sense is not enough where theoretical knowledge is required: it can make simple, concrete-bound connections—it cannot integrate complex issues, or deal with wide abstractions, or forecast the future."

          ~ From Leonard Peikoff and Ayn Rand on 'Common Sense'


  1. Even where "theoretical knowledge" ISN'T required it often seems absent though.

  2. That's very true and profound. There is a flip side to this though, and that's often those with lots of theoretical knowledge lack common sense.


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