Jeremy Bentham adapted the Latin “Ipse dixit” (“He himself said [it]”) into the word ipse-dixitism, which he coined to apply to all non-utilitarian political arguments. He believed that all such arguments (especially from ‘natural laws’) boiled down to unsupported assertions, and represented “conviction syndromes”. This accounts for the word’s usage in its modern sense.
He went on to tell me that on the day on which his cousin left U. he found a stone lying in the roadway and had a fantasy that her carriage might hit up against it and she might come to grief. He therefore put it out of the way, but twenty minutes later it occurred to him that this was absurd and he went back in order to replace the stone in its position.
Sigmund Freud, Notes Upon a Case of Obsessional Neurosis
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