Fall 1956 • Vol. XVIII No. 4 Nonfiction |

Philip Blair Rice and His Philosophy

Those for whom the life of reason is still an essential part of what should be meant by "the human condition" will find encouragement and refreshment in Philip Rice's distinguished book.1 It should also produce a certain amount of static in the ears of those fair-weather rationalists who have been beguiled by the angel voices that are again calling from reason's backyard. Rice is one unrepentant son of the Enlightenment who has managed to remain loyal to its ideals without in the least blinking the fact that on this side of Paradise life can be very real and very earnest indeed. In him the truly perennial philosophy, which Mill called the philosophy of experience, has found another powerful exemplar and advocate. In these jittery days of existentialism, neo-orthodoxy, and public philosophy, this very fact is an intellectual and moral event of some significance. It should help to dispel the prevailing illusion that seriousness and intelligence are sworn enemies. The Biblical allu

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