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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Metaphysics opens a door—philosophy closes one

We might also say that the difference between metaphysics and philosophy is that metaphysics, although it must express itself through human faculties in the rational mode, otherwise it could not be expressed, always means something more and is in this way symbolic and oriented inward; philosophy, on the other hand, is never intended to be anything more than what it says explicitly.

Philosophy begins with a doubt (the dialogues of Plato are the best examples of this) and so its goal is clearly set, and when it accomplishes this goal and resolves the doubt, its meaning has been exhausted. Metaphysics, on the other hand, begins with something known with absolute certainty, and so, even when its language resembles philosophy, its message is intended to awaken in the listener a knowledge that the language itself could not have expressed. This is why such writings are said to be only accessible to those “with ears to hear”–whereas philosophy, if it is coherent and rational as it intends to be, can be grasped by anyone who can reason, or on the contrary can be deemed objectively incoherent, as the case may be.

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