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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The necessity of understanding the limits of rationalism

It may seem at first that we are engaged in a project of skepticism or, at best, agnosticism, since we will begin by demonstrating the frailty of rational knowledge, and in particular the tentativeness of our concepts. However, if we seem to embark on a project of destroying our confidence in rational knowledge this is not to despair of the possibility of having certainty but to make room for an ordering of knowing wherein certainty can have a legitimate place. This first of all requires shaking ourselves out of a totalitarian rationalism and thereby extending the frontiers of knowledge to a forgotten world, one that will initially seem strange. We illustrate the false certainty of our concepts in order to complete a truncated view of what man may and may not know, and in this way coax the modern man out of a self-imposed intellectual slumber.

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