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(61) Although the philosopher and the prophet operate according to the guidance of reason, fundamentally they are irrational, no different from moral fanatics: "philosophy, the quest for evident and necessary knowledge, rests itself on an unevident decision, on an act of the will, just as faith does.
Strauss insists that Athens and Jerusalem cannot refute each other because both rest on an "unevident decision": neither has a standard or goal that is free of doubt.
Philosophy is compelled to admit the possibility of revelation and to concede that the choice for the philosophical way of life is not a "rational necessity" but a choice of the will, an unevident decision, an act of faith, just as is the choice to believe in revelation.
In the end philosophy is like revelation in that it depends upon an unevident premise - an act of faith.
It must be simply a decision, but as such it is a form of dogmatism in the sense of the acceptance of unevident opinion, and thus it contradicts the essence of science.
If philosophy cannot refute revelation's contention that the life of obedient love is the best life, then the choice to engage in philosophy, "the life devoted to the quest for evident knowledge available to man as man," rests on an unevident decision.
Philosophy, the life devoted to the quest for evident knowledge available to man as man, would itself rest on an unevident, arbitrary, or blind decision.
The cognitive status of Strauss's thoughts on these matters is shown to be that of opinion, not unevident, but well-grounded opinion.