This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Two kinds of ignorance

Although ignorance is undesirable, it is also unavoidable, as our mental capacities are finite. However, since it is obvious from what has been said above that, to some extent, we are responsible for our ignorance, then we arrive at a twofold division of ignorance: the first is known as invincible ignorance, and this is the kind of ignorance for which we are not morally responsible. The second is called vincible ignorance because it refers to a condition of ignorance which could have been removed if only the individual had taken the proper steps to remove it. Further comment on each of these is necessary in order to flesh out the distinction.

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