This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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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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The exposition of metaphysics

It will sound strange to those familiar with modern philosophy that we have placed logic as subordinate to metaphysics, since logic is typically placed at the foundation of all knowledge. The reason for this misunderstanding is twofold. First, it is a result of conceiving of knowledge as situated entirely within the rational order, and if this were true then logic would indeed be supreme. Second, and this is a more understandable confusion, it results from a failure to distinguish between metaphysics as a purely intellectual conception, and its formal expression, which is always secondary and is subject to all of the conditions this implies. That is to say, when metaphysical knowledge passes into exposition, either taught or written, it is translated into the sphere of discursive reason, and once there, in order to remain valid, must conform to the ‘principles of logic.’ Thus, we can acknowledge that when it comes to the rational expression of doctrine, it is determined by logic; but we cannot allow that metaphysics itself, as a category of knowledge, is in any way dependent on anything outside itself. This is, moreover, why the formal expression of metaphysical knowledge usually consists of symbols, because symbols, while logically explicable, leave more room for the inexpressible, and in this sense even the formal expression of metaphysical knowledge can transcend the constraints of rationality.

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