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John Locke – Madmen and the faculty of reasoning

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John LockeMadmen do not appear to me to have lost the faculty of reasoning, but having joined together some of the ideas very wrongly, they mistake them for truths. . .For, by the violence of their imaginations, having taken their fancies for realities, they make right deductions from them.

John Locke   (1632-1704)
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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David Hume – The only Catholic remedy

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David HumeAccurate and just reasoning is the only Catholic remedy, fitted for all persons and all dispositions; and is alone able to subvert that abstruse philosophy and metaphysical jargon, which, being mixed up with popular superstition, renders it in a manner impenetrable to careless reasoners, and gives it the air of science and wisdom.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

Thomas Jefferson – You must lay aside all prejudice

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Thomas JeffersonIn fine, I repeat, you must lay aside all prejudice on both sides, and neither believe nor reject anything, because any other persons, or description of persons, have rejected or believed it. Your own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven, and you are answerable, not for the rightness, but uprightness of the decision.

Thomas Jefferson   (1743-1826)