Reason could not fail to be revolutionary, because it denied tradition and built on a tabula rasa. It seemed at first to be entirely disinterested, lofty, and serene, but very soon it stooped to regard life, manners, and politics. Finding these unreasonable,... General View of the Political History of Europe - Page 135by Ernest Lavisse - 1891 - 188 pagesFull view
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William Stearns Davis - France - 1919 - 642 pages
...stating that educated men came in the eighteenth century to accept (in name at least) the guidance of "reason, that is to say the affirmation of truth,...demonstrated. Reason could not fail to be revolutionary, beINTELLECTUAL CHANGES 221 cause it denied tradition and built on a tabula rasa. It seemed at first...