What is Obscurationism, What Does It Mean?July 1, 2021
It is possible to answer the question of what is obscurantism, obscurationism or obscurantism as follows: Ignorance is the political view that argues that certain classes should not know certain information. The term obscurantism primarily named the attitude of those who opposed the ideas emanating from the French Revolution of 1789.
WHAT IS obscurationism (obscurationism)?
The term obscurationism was coined for the attitudes and behaviors of Christian zealots. Namely, in the 1500s, Christian zealots suggested that books other than the Bible and those based on it should be burned, especially those related to Judaism. Here the term Obscurationism was first used for them.
Later, it was again extended against the monopolistic “only we know” attitude of the clergy: The term ignorance did not only cover the prohibitionists, but also began to be used for those who conceal and distort the truth with ambiguous expressions and incomprehensible concepts. For example, this is how Enlightenment thinkers defined the reactionary religious people who opposed them.
The term Obscurationism also includes those who do not want the Bible to be read in a language other than Latin, those who want to monopolize religious concepts, and those who oppose the sharing of all kinds of information by large masses. As a result, the term obscurationism and obscurantism has become a name given to those who first want to prevent the spread of religious knowledge other than their own sermons, and later all kinds of knowledge, to large masses.
Ignorance is a strong opposition to the dissemination and growth of knowledge beyond certain limits. This understanding is the opposite of free thought and is often combined with religious fundamentalism. The philosophical ideologies of Hegel and his followers, and more recently Martin Heidegger, are also associated with the notion of ignorance. Banning books can be counted and shown as an example of this definition.
Ignorance is the deliberate prevention of the truth being known by some classes and segments of the society. It is often advocated by conservative-leaning opinion leaders and politicians. The most recent example is the efforts to prevent the Darwinist theory of evolution from being widely taught. One of the most well-known examples to be given from history is the opposition to the idea of the Sun-centered Conception of the Universe, which also led to the investigation and punishment of Galileo. The basis of the ignorant attitude lies in the concern that the teachings used by the rulers are inconsistent with the truth and that they will be worn out by the spread of knowledge.
Compiled by: Sociologist Ömer Yıldırım