Within Reason begins with a simple--and in some ways counterintuitive--definition of reason, calling it a mere tool, not a motivator of humanity but an enabler. A powerful and versatile tool to be sure, but one whose purpose is specific to helping us get what we want, not revealing why it is that we want it. With this supposition, Calne methodically dissects reason's role in such spheres as ethics, government, language, and religion, supporting each assertion with historical anecdotes and the writing and research of others.
If Within Reason is any indication, Donald Calne would be charming dinner company. While you might not agree with every point he makes, you'd never be disappointed by the conversation. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
If you depend very much on reason in your thinking, as I do, then you will find this book extremely helpful. Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by Lester M. Stacey
Following the inextriciable link of brain and mind, Calne has pursued the application of reason to language, social and individual behavior, ethics commerce, religion, art and... Read morePublished on January 16, 2005 by C. Webber
Calne's work is hardly deserving of the description "scholarly." Nearly all of his material is found in other introductory works on the subject and receives more... Read morePublished on May 22, 2001 by Yemenmocha
This book is more of a manifesto than an education. Calne sets forth statements with which I largely agree, while giving short shrift to the basis for those statements and even... Read morePublished on October 15, 1999 by Daniel H. Bigelow
If you are looking for a good read that makes you think about how you think and pushes you to read a lot more this is it. Read morePublished on June 11, 1999