Paula Gunn Allen has said, "Preserving tradition with the sacrifice of its living bearers seems at best reasonless
, at worst blasphemous.
By the sixteenth century these qualities were transferred to woman's psychology (vacillating, unstable), were adduced as evidence for her disordered, reasonless
mind, and eventually were used to implicate art without design or proportion (Michelangelo on Flemish and Venetian art).
The alternative, after all, is to believe that the triumph of Full Being over the Absence of All Things was just a matter of reasonless
swift and thick-comming sorrowes' in The History of Britain, its purposeless parade of 'bare and reasonless
Actions', is so oppressively circular that the work is aborted.
Fletcher's position is an advance over Devlin's because Devlin speaks of the community's need to defend a more or less reasonless
absolute morality that religion sanctions, whereas Fletcher talks about a community's need for rituals and safe places.