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Dogmatism and The Pursuit of Truth

I am dogmatically committed to being uncommitted to dogma.

As a matter of principle I do not regard any of my beliefs as anything other than provisionary conceptual maps with which I attempt to navigate this vast mysterious sea of being we call “reality.”

All philosophy becomes dangerous when we relinquish our responsibility to think critically in exchange for the security of dogma.

The danger of dogmatism is not that all tenets are untrue, but that truth itself becomes destructive when embraced without scrutiny, used without understanding, and advocated without tolerance for disagreement.

Dogmatism transforms the very truth whose power can set us free into a prison that limits the mind from further inquiry and future discovery.

T.S. Elliot wrote, “The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.”

We owe it to ourselves to not only seek ideas which seem to be good, true, and just, but to also form our beliefs in those ideas with intellectual integrity.

We must extol, above even our most cherished ideologies, the epistemic virtue of thinking for ourselves.

 

 

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