The process of identifying, judging, accepting and upholding a new philosophy of life is a long, complicated process, which requires thought, proof, full understanding and conviction. But there are two principles on which all people of intellectual integrity and good will can agree, as a “basic minimum,” as a precondition of any discussion, co-operation or movement toward an intellectual Renaissance. One principle is epistemological, the other is moral; they are not axioms, but until a person has proved them to themselves and has accepted them, they are not fit for an intellectual discussion.
These two principles are:
a. that emotions are not tools of cognition;
b. that no person has the right to initiate the use of physical force against others.