They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic… that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I’d have produced that key if they hadn’t of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow office
For some of us old farts Captain Queeg is a symbol of reasonableness over reason.
For me, he is the patron saint of cranks, and a crank is someone who employs geometric logic in the service of silly axioms and premises.
Queeg is, for me, the archetype of someone who thinks great arguments are settled by reason.
My own thought is that if theology and philosophy could be decided by reason, the great debates would have been settled long ago.
My thought is that theologies and philosophies go in and out of fashion over time. Some rise in favor because they are useful and productive, but most just drift.
Over time, ideas gain or lose market share, but seldom die out altogether or become universal.
I’m sure there’s a name for this.