In what follows I will outline the intellectual mode which I call: The Dogmatist. An archetype of intellectual activity which occurs within any set of presupposed axioms, I call this a sub-question1 as described in my previous post.
The dogmatic urge implores us to be certain of things. When the archetype of the Dogmatist is embodied boundaries are formed, answers can be given to questions and things can be known. This knowing is alas, always in some bounded sense due to some combination of the fallibility of our embodiment or the inability to cognate in a substantively unbounded manner. An iconoclastic manner. In the realm of philosophy the dogmatic is the world of hard judgement and assertion which gives rise to an assumptive unitary to be approximated through a process of epistemological discovery. A world defined by propositional knowledge, a puzzle to be completed.
A good example of this is the unending ‘end of history’ proclamations of materialist science. The endless anticipation of the proclamation that we are a few mere decades, an arbitrarily-bounded human-based time period, of declarative facts away from complete knowledge. This manifests in an ideal of converging knowledge providing a guiding light which the Dogmatist is myopically driven towards.
Dogmatism is at its base religious, its assumptions are doctrines and the focus of its attention becomes an idol. This is not to say the boundaries cast are metaphysically theistic but can also inhabit its inversion in metaphysical atheism. This urge of dogmatic thought provides conversely-grounded shelters from the horror which is the pure cognition of the Iconoclast. Although these are conversely-grounded they are bounded nonetheless. For example, the assumptions which inflexable natural law present in the sub-question of materialism provides as groundwork for a generation of knowledge is just as metaphysically dogmatic as more traditional metaphysically conscious faith. This is not to say the Dogmatist isn’t creative, the dogmatic urge manifests great artifices to its idols. Both the artwork of the Sistine Chapel and the precision of the Large Hadron Collider are great temples to this dogmatic urge. Although, these are artificial products of the assuptive sub-question they constitute an intellectually artistic act. This is despite their status of being born of cognitive certainty.
In an attempt at formalisation of the intellectual archetype I offer the following definition:
Intellectually engaged, and thus bounded, to a single or set of sub-questions.
Acts intellectually with epistemic certainty. Implicates a meta-question opinion (metaphysics, meta-ethics etc.) with ultimate truth status.
This belief implies the completion fallacy, the inevitable and continuing progression of the sub-question(s) as a certainty (consciously or unconsciously). The Dogmatist considers all intellectual endeavours as things which can and will be finished.
Inclined to protect the integrity of their sub-questions through intellectual venom or physical force.
The following are some examples of high-level dogmatic sub-questions (which are supersets of further assumptive sub-questions) and their a priori axioms:
Science - Materialism and empiricism
Religion - Metaphysical supernaturalism
Philosophical “Schools” - Metaphysical assertion and/or normative value assertion
The methods of the dogmatic urge have a tenancy to imply linearity in both temporal and measuring matters. The Dogmatist, in their purist form, has the ever-approaching unity in sight, toward which it can only see itself getting closer to over a span of time. The religiosity of the Dogmatist is made clear here, within the walled garden excitement never stops overflowing, the intense final climax of congress with their ‘truth’ is forever approaching.
The dogmatic process simultaneously sees it’s project on the verge of completion yet is still pleasantly surprised and shockingly elated at the fruits of the next ‘effort’ for the cause. A pre-climax faux-orgasm which is ever-tightening the Dogmatist to his convictions decreasing the chance of escape as the intoxicant of ‘knowledge’ becomes the only thing visible as they descend deeper into bounded pleasure.
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