Saturday, 23 February 2019

On Dogmatism

The security of cognition, Stephen C. Pepper argues, rests on the evidence itself and on its convergence toward belief, not on an intensity of belief in excess of the actual cognitive value of the evidence. In his book World Hypothesis, Pepper says:

"The desire to know more than one has grounds to know is so strong and pervasive that it is difficult to be convinced of the fallaciousness of dogmatism in principle. Historically, a few men in any cognitive field, whether in common sense, history, science, or philosophy have acknowledged the fallaciousness of dogmatism in principle or abstained from its deliberate employment in practice, especially in the two most common forms of an appeal to self-evidence of principle or immediate certainty of fact." (Page 317-318)

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