Sherlock Holmes and Rationalism

I found a recent article on the BBC that looks at the enduring appeal of Sherlock Holmes combined with some of the philosophical ideas about rationalism. As a student of literature (albeit literature of an earlier stripe) and theology (which has many intersections with philosophy) I found Mr. Gray’s synergistic take on the Sherlock Holmes stories and rationalism quite interesting.

A Point of View: The Enduring Appeal of Sherlock Holmes


~ by crossingthebosporus on August 19, 2012.

2 Responses to “Sherlock Holmes and Rationalism”

  1. The professor I’ve been working for the past couple of years uses Holmes to teach rationalism to his Western Civ class. He has them read half a dozen stories and then discuss them in their sections.

    • I really enjoy the Holmes stories, but I have to confess to liking the Father Brown stories better. Okay, perhaps that’s not surprising and I’m biased. But Chesterton had Father Brown say something once that was along the lines of how the “science” of studying criminals reduces the criminal to something like a bug under a microscope. It is essentially a dehumanizing process. Perhaps that explains, in large part, the failure of the penal system to reform. Father Brown always had a more vested interest in reforming the soul of the criminal by identifying with them and understanding them.

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