Howard Ashby Kranz
Ironic Idealism is the belief that every truth contains its opposite, and that this is a good thing.
Ironic Idealism resists the tendency of ironic thought to become cynical, and rejoices in the ambiguity within the relation of human life to goodness.
Ironic Idealism is a philosophy of meta-skepticism. Skepticism holds that truth is reached through doubt. Meta-skepticism accepts this, but goes beyond to question the primacy of doubt: doubt is useful and powerful, but is doubt alone enough to reach understanding and live a good life? I suspect not.
The key term of Ironic Idealism is yes-but. But the yes-but always contains a no-but, and so forth.
It’s hard to write about ironic idealism because every thought goes off into two tangents.
My expression of ironic idealism is dualistic, but that’s a simplification: really every truth contains a continuum of myriads of opposites, and so forth.
Note: it should be called Idealistic Ironism - but then that’s the point.