In Repetition, Constantinus suggests that repetition is the “condition sine qua non for every issue of dogmatics” (324). That got me thinking, of course. Dogmatics is a dirty word in philosophy these days, and the reputation is not unwarranted. But perhaps this is a mistake. This called my attention to Berdyaev’s commitment to dogmatics–I think this is precisely what Constantinus is on to:
The dogmatic philosophy of the future is a philosophy which dares to make a choice, to fix the consciousness upon that which has been chosen. Dogmatic philosophy is a philosophy which dares, which creates. He who creates is always dogmatic: he always dares to make a choice and then asserts it. Dogmatic philosophy is free philosophy; in it is completed the creative act of spiritual forc.e Critical philosophy is dependent: in it the spirit is incapable of accomplishing the creative act; it is characterized by a reflective, divided condition of the spirit. Dogmatism is integrity of the spirit, its creative confidence in its own power. Criticism is a divided state of spirit, lack of confidence in its own power, which paralyses creativity. Creative knowledge, like every creative act, is the self-revelation of a power which cuts and chooses and casts away. Reflection, divided opinion and doubt are a palsied adaptation to the evil multiplicity of the world of necessity. A condition of doubt is an un-free condition, a state of dependence and oppression. He who doubts is incapable of choosing among the bad infinity, the evil multiplicity, of truths thrust upon him by the given world of necessity.
–Nicolas Berdyaev, The Meaning of the Creative Act. 45.