Below is but a very brief outline of what I have come to believe and what I reject. Using the language I have come across.
I wanted at one point to create a clearly worked out system. History however is not on my side, neither are my favourite thinkers, philosophies and thought systems.
All the ideas and thought system I have come across had some weakness within it or they were never intended to provide all the answers. This explains my own philosophical beliefs as i outline below.
It’s never a definitive list as I say below everything is a work in progress.
Existence, supernatural, metaphysical, ultimate truth
If you defined God as an Anthropomorphic God, that’s is with human qualities and features then as an Atheist I don’t, can’t, won’t and have no need to believe it,
If you were to define God as the forces of nature alone, no anthropomorphic qualities, then I can sign up to that.
But why call that God, the term Naturalism and Naturalistic are better suited. I tend to now call myself that.
If push comes to shove I will acknowledge my limitations and call myself a Methodological Naturalism because I can’t be certain that the supernatural didn’t exist. But in terms of practical living, it makes no difference.
I am now partial to Eastern philosophies and religions, especially Buddhism (especially Zen) and Taoism. However any supernatural claim or connotations they might have I don’t believe which is why I don’t call myself either Buddhist or Taoist. But I am willing to use their practices and insights to live a better life. Like the idea we are surrounded by illusions, the problem is our ignorance and the practice of meditation. I like Eastern philosophies because they place far less emphasis on metaphysics, and more on knowledge and ethics.
I also like Camus, and Absurdism, since it’s comical that humanity spends so much time trying to find the truth and has yet failed. This feature of comedy I have found is also more noticeable in the eastern philosophies, with a jovial towards our existence attitude to be found in Taoism and Buddhism.
I’m also more recently line the ideas of Pragmatism as a philosophical enterprise. I’m a Fallibilist, as well as an Anti-foundationalist. In that I reject the ideas that our concepts have an ultimate certain basis, instead all our ideas are renewable. Everything is a work in progress, even our ideas. Think of it as epistemological recycling.
I reject the notion of ultimate truth and ideology. Such practices tend to lead to Fanaticism and extremism. I see such ideas a truth and ultiamte reality as a waste of effort and unanswerable, so I tend towards Quietism in thinking.
I’m both something of a Romantic/Idealist but I can see its flaws, so I try to be a Realist to counter it. My head may be up in the clouds, but I still have my feet upon the ground.
Something new, I’m a lifestyle Minimalist in that I I try to live with as little unnecessary baggage as I can tolerate. This is not just in terms of lifestyle, but also mentally and spirituality. Which is why I reject the existence of the supernatural, see above. High-speed low drag, lean or frugal living. Trying to answer questions that have no answers is a waste of time and effort so I avoid it. (See Pragmatism.)
I support Scepticism because it’s important to give up on ideas that hold us back and cause us unnecessary suffering. However I don’t accept extreme scepticism like Solipsism because that is a question that can’t be answered (see pragmatism). It’s scpeticism taken to the absrud extreme.
I’m a Postmodernist in that I don’t think there is an overall narrative for explaining our existence and humanity.
I don’t believe in an end result our goal to our existence, so it’s not Teleological, but instead without direction.
I accept Evolution as an explanation of how life changes and adapts over time.
What links all this together is that I reject certainty as a human situation.
Ultimate authority (like god, metaphysics), ultimate truth (science, religion), that support a foundation for our existence. These things do not concern me because certainty about them can’t be discovered, there always some about.
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