argument for authority

‘the argument from human authority is the weakest argument of all but the argument from divine authority is the strongest argument of all.’
This was an argument stolidly held in medieval times and a perfectly adequate one to say the very least.But nowadays we have waged war against it and even claim that the argument founded on an authority of any kind is mere opinion at best and “meaningless” at worst.
We have encased ourselves in our own minds as Descartes prescribed ,restricted all our premises on our own sense experience as bolstered by Hume and all empiricists alike.
Renouncing all traditions and demanding proof for all instances of authoritarian reference.
Reason has become the newest and most fashionable god that has come to assert his throne and dismiss all of the others before him.
This stance is contradictory in its very essence because reason in itself is the brainchild of tradition for if we are to base everything on reason then where else are we to find our standards of reasonableness other than in the traditions of old.
It is therefore reasonable to trust in tradition and thus it is a disorderly passion of the mind to skepticize all arguments based on tradition with circular,circumlocutory and non progressive use of logic.
That having been said a new kind of philosophy is an absolute impossibility for the wheel has already been invented all we can do now is to further develop it.This is simply functional as a warning to total skeptics in pursuit of philosophy to change their method and approach to it all before the dire and repugnant consequences of their method catches up with them.

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2 thoughts on “argument for authority

  1. Let me purge a moment here. I think the skepticism of past authorities makes some sense, in many cases, but I agree completely with you that absolute reliance on one’s own powers of empirical observation and reasoning is not the thing at all. First, as you point out, reason builds upon the observations of others, and is based on a long tradition of observing, thinking, testing, and recording. You can’t scrap all that ad hoc and build up reason from scratch, right? I think that is part of your point. But I do think the reliance on one’s own powers of reason alone is, at an even deeper level, a perversion of what is perhaps a good thing. That good thing is unifying one’s heart and mind, and having the courage to feel, love, think, and reason on one’s own two feet– as the captain of one’s own ship. Meaning… not to discard all of history, but to follow one’s heart and mind, one’s trusted advisors and companions, one’s intuitions and resonances, in order to weave a path through all that is available. For the sum total of history is contradiction, and we must decide what is meaningful, beautiful, and knowable to us. And we must do this “alone”, but “alone” here means in the quiet of our own being– (where all beings join in some wordless fashion, and where insights flash in the night we find ourselves unable to wholly claim as our own)– not under the influence of a world that thinks it already knows the right answer. For us.

    This ultimately places authority in the relationship of humanity and divinity, as uniquely expressed in each one of us.

    Michael

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    1. yes,yes and yes.I couldn’t have said it better myself .I also agree with your emphasis on the unification of the our intrinsic code of human nature to guide us when challenging the traditional views to get to the truth as not only reason and pure logic alone can get us there.
      And it is true that true authority is deeply intertwined with both humanity and divinity,therefore it is always in our favor after all.Whilst false authority is mostly blatant easy to sniff out and doesn’t usually make it past the vetting and become hallowed traditions to be followed by all.
      Thank you very much for reading and commenting.

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