- 12 Mar 2014 03:48
I think that my ethical views are quite traditionalist and I believe in what amounts to virtue ethics. However, this is somewhat tainted by a sort of view of Immanuel Kant I share that, while there is a God and there is an absolute concept of total goodness, it is something that we cannot perfectly know. I also want to emphasize that I share a sort of Platonic / Confucianist approach to the necessity of cultivating moral ethics within a person, and avoiding certain pitfalls that steer people towards moral indiscretion and lassitude.
Metaphysically, I think it would suffice to say that I am not a materialist. And on some level I am sympathetic with the classic Buddhist school of the Sarvastivada. I believe that there are certain aggregates that combine to infuse something, but that a lot of these things are extraordinarily empty otherwise, and lack any total true consistency or meaning. But this has been tempered with my Christian belief in a Soul, and thus in some sort of core within the person, so to speak. But this isn't incredibly different from a Buddhist view because while they would reject perhaps the concept of 'soul' to some degree they replace it merely with the idea of a continued mind, and thi sis all debatable.
This has led me to be somewhat of an instrumentalist in the philosophy of science; that is to say that I believe a lot of the science we have is dependent upon a somewhat incomplete conceptualization of a thing based off of the instrumental (and otherwise human orientated) feedback we receive from it. In a sense, I use this to hammer home the idea that science only partially has any relevance or truth -- and certainly very little in terms of a lot of questions.
This topic is very hard, though, and I do not know how appropriate it is for people to just say, "Oh, I'm a bloopety-blah in metaphysics and a hummanah-hah in ethics, etc." That is not to say people who are doing this are totally invalid, and these titles certainly give us a good deal of help in understanding and classifying their view, but at the same time... I am not sure how set I would be (or how much anyone would be) in necessarily pigeonholing or standing by their views to this extent.
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