Obscurantism

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Lord Horder
Lord Thomas Jeeves Horder (1871 – 1955)
Lord Henry Snell
Lord Henry Snell (1865 – 1944)
Conway Memorial Lecture
Conway Memorial Lecture
Moncure Conway photo by Edward Steichen, 1907. Courtesy of Dickinson College.
Moncure Conway photo by Edward Steichen, 1907. Courtesy of Dickinson College.
Delivered at Conway Hall 27 April 1938. Chaired by Lord Henry Snell and presented by Lord Thomas Horder.
Abstract

Because words, thoughts and beliefs lead to action, it is vital that they be free of obscurantism, so that the action they produce can genuinely lead to human betterment and progress. In particular, obscurantism should be avoided in politics, scientific exposition, literature, aesthetics, the law, philosophy, medicine and religion.

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