Last night I saw the final instalment in the Richard Dawkins' documentary The Root of All Evil?
I find Richard Dawkins’ rhetoric as frightening as that of the religious fundamentalists with whom he finds such fault.
Perhaps it’s because Michel Foucault has had such a profound influence on thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences, but when Dawkins makes his argument for Reason and Scientific Rationalism above all else I am not convinced.
I agree, there is much to be critical of that has been done in the name of religion: from sidewalk fire and brimstone, to the systematic oppression of women, and the targeting of whole populations.
I do dread the day that my niece discovers I don't believe what she does.
However, there is also much to be critical of that has been done in the name of Reason and Scientific Rationalism: the systematic oppression of women, the targeting of whole populations…
(I'm not always convinced by Foucault either.)
There is much to celebrate about both regimes of knowledge.
I am suspicious of both the evangelical and the dogmatic. I am more persuaded by the uncertain.
I believe in ethical dilemmas.