September 10, 2008 § 29 Comments
It has been a while since I’ve gone on a rant about positivism, the bugaboo intellectual error I see lurking under every rock. One way to think about positivism is that it substitutes method for meaning. I get the impression that a significant number of Catholics, at least in the blogosphere, have been confusing method for meaning in all the chatter about figuring out how to vote. The notion seems to be that it is jim dandy to vote for whomever I decide to vote for, as long as I use the right method in making my determination. As long as I can check the boxes next to “I don’t intend his evil policies” and “I think if he becomes President that will be better than if the other guy becomes President”, I can’t go wrong. There is no objectively right or wrong answer (especially NOTA); only right or wrong methods for achieving the answer. Method is all that constrains; meaning I get to supply myself.
Funny thing how positivism empties things of all meaning, making room for the arbitrary will. Next stop: postmodern relativism.