This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Being is a determination

Being is not the most universal of all principles. If this were so, then metaphysics and ontology would be one and the same, which is not the case. This can also be seen by taking into account what we have said about the most universal of principles being impossible to describe in the affirmative. Being is an affirmation, and is thus a determination, and even if it is a determination of the first order, it is clear that beyond it must lay the ‘undetermined’. It is also true, then, that if we limit ourselves to the order of Being, we cannot properly conceive of the Infinite, since this is a universal conception, and it cannot be contained within the determined order of being. We insist on this point only to emphasize the distinction between ontology and a pure metaphysics, and to show again how professional philosophy has tended toward self-limitation, since, even if approaches Being, it never moves beyond it.

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