Eric Schliesser on Ibn Khaldun and spontaneous order

It’s always dangerous to generalise across time and cultures, but there seem to be real continuities between this 14th century Islamic philosopher and Oakeshott and, in another way, Rorty:

‘(Now,) scholars are accustomed to generalizations and analogical conclusions. When they look at politics, they press (their observations) into the mold of their views and their way of making deductions. Thus, they commit many errors, or (at least) they cannot be trusted (not to commit errors). The intelligent and alert (segment) of civilized people falls into the same category as (scholars). Their penetrating minds drive them toward a searching occupation with ideas, analogy,and comparison, as is the case with jurists. Thus, they (too) commit errors.’

Read the whole thing here.

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