August 29th, 2009



The fear of error combined with the necessity for commitments (both practical and with more difficulty theoretical) act as a restraint forcing people to use good judgement and care. In any circumstance where these are lacking, intellectual decay is likely. While this is most understandable on matters of fact, it extends by analogy into other areas such as philosophy, where error is replaced by ungainly commitments. It is this precious tension that separates honest intellectual endeavour from baseless struggle.