The more you know, the less you know
July 14, 2014 § 23 Comments
Any young child can tell you that for every question answered about something real in the world, ten more questions are raised.
Another way of thinking about positivism and its epistemological cognates is that, recognizing the impossibility of becoming universally omniscient, it attempts to comprehensively fill in all possible knowledge within some limited scope. If we can’t be God of everything, positivism hopes that we can at least be God of something: science, nature, technology, doctrine, mathematics, or what have you. So the area where we get to be God must be set apart from other kinds of knowledge – there must be a positive demarcation criteria, a neutral verification procedure for every proposed expression of knowledge to settle whether it is within scope and whether or not it is authoritative.
The postmodern is a positivist who has despaired of his project of becoming God, and who concludes that because he cannot be God anywhere at all the universe is meaningless.