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Irrationalism

I sat down the other day to figure out what it is precisely that I am interested in in philosophy. Anyways, what I came up with is that my interests seem to revolve around some form of irrationalism. First of all, I don’t know what the hell is really meant by ‘reason’, as in the faculty of reason. Admittedly, I am not an expert, but on the surface, reason is what sets us apart from other animals; we are “rational animals”. Rationality deals with reasons. We think and reason, and conclude. What part of the stuff that goes through my head is the reason? My conscious thoughts certainly don’t follow each other like logical deduction. The thoughts aren’t totally random either. There are very rough patterns in the sense that I am familiar with my usual mental capacities. For example: if I were to suddenly remember word for word the article I read this morning while eating breakfast, I would be extremely surprised. In other cases, I could probably predict how I might react in certain situations, etc. But this isn’t what it means to be rational.