Originally Posted by tiger02
From where do you derive your faith in reason?
For the sake of making myself clearer, though Tom and I have been hashing this out via PM so as not to monopolize this thread and throw it TOTALLY off-track:
My assertion has never been that reason is infallible, or an "ism" in the sense of rationalism. My assertion is simply that there are certain principles of logic that are foundational--they're preconditions for making any statement about the way the world is at all
. Namely, at least the three I listed. I.e. you can't say "reality is not dualistic" and have it mean anything unless you believe that, by doing so, your statement is excluding the possibility that reality *is* dualistic. Of course, if you don't believe that asserting A excludes the possibility of not-A, then I can just say "yes it is", and you'll have to say, "you're right!". In other words, our assertions just don't make any sense at all unless we understand them as operating under certain foundational principles.
Now, whether this relates in any meaningful way to "reality" is a totally separate question. This is the classic Kantian problem, really; we can talk about the a priori
conditions of our beliefs about the world, the framework of our perceptions, etc, but that doesn't really enable us to talk about "things in themselves". Whether "reality" is or can be accurately reflected by our beliefs is a question I don't presume to have an answer to. All I'm pointing out is that any belief system of any sort can't help but follow certain basic logical rules, regardless of whether its adherents believe they are doing so or not.