from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An arrogantly assertive person.
- n. One who expresses or sets forth dogma.
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- n. A stubborn, assertive, opinionated person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who dogmatizes; one who speaks dogmatically; a bold and arrogant advancer of principles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is dogmatic or maintains a dogma or dogmas; a magisterial teacher; one who asserts positively doctrines or opinions unsupported by argument or evidence.
- n. [capitalized] One of a sect of ancient physicians founded by Hippocrates, and named in contradistinction to Empirics and Methodists.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stubborn person of arbitrary or arrogant opinions
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There is, I believe, a widespread loathing for the difficulties of much modernist and postmodernist writing, but out of fear of being called a dogmatist or worse, the loathing is concealed.
The dogmatist is the only one who claims to possess absolute certainty.
If all the clowns who excoriate Keynes just because some ignorant dogmatist told them to, would actually go read the General Theory (which is exceptionally lucidly written), perhaps they might begin to understand why.
That makes you a dogmatist, no different from those scientists who scoffed at continental drift, ball lightning, the germ theory of disease, and many other new ideas.
You can call yourself a "pro-science" blogger and rationalist all you want, but the fact that you refuse to read certain scientific research just because it disagrees with your prior beliefs about the nature of the universe makes you just as much a dogmatist as a Christian fundamentalist who refuses to read about the evidence for evolution.
Nietzsche however was no dogmatist (except for some late metaphysical* notes on the "Will to Power" that he didn't publish).
I am an anti-dogmatist, an anti-fundamentalist, yes.
You are a sheer dogmatist, and that's what makes it so marvellous.
Nay, I am no cold-blooded theorist, no thick-hided dogmatist; nor am I a chastely simple young man mooning in virginal innocence.
In his columns, he comes across as being neither a dogmatist nor a skeptic but as someone who likes to mull things over, who is willing to change course and modify his views, and who writes in the spirit of knowing a few things but certainly not everything.