Master of Querimonies

Ipse Dixit

Posted in Forward into the past by Davis X. Machina on July 5, 2011

“Reagan taught us that deficits don’t matter”  Dick Cheney

Ipse dixit:

Ipse dixit is a Latin phrase meaning ‘he himself said it’. The term labels a dogmatic statement asserted but not proved, to be accepted on faith in the speaker.[1] Usually from a person of standing or good reputation, such as Aristotle or even Plato; a dictum. The legal and philosophical principle of “Ipse dixit” involves an unproven assertion, which is claimed to be authoritative because ‘he himself said it.’ It is asserted, but not proved, for example: “His testimony that she was a liar was nothing more than an ipse dixit.“[2] In the Middle Ages, scholars often applied the term to justify arguments if they had been used by Aristotle.[3]

Our new Middle Ages—come for the feudalism, stay for the scholastic theology.


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