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DOGMATISM

Unqualified assertion of judgment, which has three levels of meaning: 1. the view of human knowledge which holds that the mind can attain the truth and certitudes; hence it is opposed to skepticism; 2. the position of those who are convinced about their philosophy of life but without judicious reflection, hence opposed to intelligent belief; 3. since Immanuel Kant any metaphysical statement made without previous analysis of its justification at the bar of reason; hence opposed to rationalism.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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