The Devil’s Dictionary: Rational

“Rational, adj. Devoid of all delusions save those of observation, experience and reflection.”

Excerpted from: Bierce, Ambrose. David E. Schultz and S.J. Joshi, eds. The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2000. 

2 responses to “The Devil’s Dictionary: Rational

  1. Adelaide Dupont

    So observation, experience and reflection cause delusions – all in their own ways.

    [or at the very least – are correlated with delusion and illusion].

    Liked by 1 person

    • Well, Bierce was a master ironist, so don’t discount that. However, this piece of irony is in line with a number of late-nineteenth century critiques of post-Enlightenment rationalism, so he was also a man of his time.

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