Autumn 1957 • Vol. XIX No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1957 |

Believing and Burning

Virgil C. Aldrich BELIEVING AND BURNING LOGIC WITHOUT METAPHYSICS. By Ernest Nagel. Free Press. $6.oo. T HE new pessimism is not just an anxious feeling. It is a theory. The theory has variations, but the theme is that human nature, with its fer- ment of civilizations that have waxed and waned, is a gas-pocket in the belly of the cosmos. In these vascular terms the theory suggests several things that are surprisingly Christian, which is just what a number of the new pessimists want it to do. It suggests that back in the remote past somebody must have eaten something he ought not to have and, having thus learned the hard way, began to see things in the garish light and heat of secular knowledge. The natural experience and understanding thus acquired stand out in a sinful and sinister contrast from the supernatural with its dim religious light which was in the very beginning. Eve and Adam fell from this Grace into the darkness or ordinary daylight in which their progeny the scientists

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Virgil C. Aldrich BELIEVING AND BURNING LOGIC WITHOUT METAPHYSICS. By Ernest Nagel. Free Press. $6.oo. T HE new pessimism is not just an anxious feeling. It is a theory. The […]

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