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About the Secular Philosophy that I have Proposed

        I call it "Logosophism", this secular worldview of mine, and I am a "Logosophist". This comprehensive secular philosophical model, this worldview, that I've been working on for over a decade, I believe, offers so much of the benefits of any other worldview, including the religious ones – but without the spiritual claims. Benefits that include a purpose and meaning in life, and an outlook on life in general, in all things. More benefits of Logosophism include: a clarity of mind that many seek; and a sound structure of positions built up in a hierarchical logical pattern; and a moral compass and an ethical philosophy; and a sense of honor, dignity, and strength of character.

        If you have read my first two books; To Make a Better World, and Mythos & Logos (being written now, publication in several months), then you should fully understand this philosophy that I propose. The name is a combination of two ancient Greek words logos and sophia. Logos is the root of the modern English word "logic", and it means "to speak", or also "to reason". In Aristotle's Rhetoric, “logos” is a form of rhetoric relying on logic as the argument. Sophia is Latin – via ancient Greek – which means "wisdom", or alternatively "knowledge", or "learning". This, Logosophism, term is coined by the addition of the suffix of "-ism" conjugating the two roots, and forming the name. So it could be said that Logosophism is "The ideology of, or belief in, the pursuit of wisdom, knowledge, and reason".

        What I propose is a secular worldview. As a Logosophist, I do not believe in any supernatural claims, my philosophy has no room for gods, or spirits, or any other fantasies. Though religions offer comprehensive worldviews, most secular philosophies have not been complete worldviews. My philosophy is a complete worldview, a non-religious one, based on the value and pursuit of logic in reasoning and science to acquire and validate knowledge. Being a worldview it is more comprehensive that other secular philosophies, in which I have argued for establishment of positions on the objective nature of the universe and the subjective nature of one's understanding. I also argue in plain English, structured clearly, for positions on philosophy of mind, including the emergent property of the brain, the evolution of the brain, the value of psychology, and the body as a vehicle for the entire person being the mind.

        This worldview differs from other secular philosophies in that it is a comprehensive unified philosophy, where certain elements may be included from a few other secular philosophies. Those other philosophies are singularly focused on their relevant field of inquiry, while Logosophism is arranged so as to provide a solid frame for one's outlook on life. Each particular segment of this philosophy is built upon the ones that came before, so following after the solutions on how we know what we know, what types of things exist, the nature of existence, and what is a mind, how it came to be, then we move on to philosophy dealing with logic and science. From the philosophies on science and on logic, follows the views on moral and ethical philosophy. Thus connecting in a logical string from the ground up a philosophy one can apply to life.

        After the core philosophical model Logosophism expands to derived principles, including philosophy on life, relationships, aesthetics, pleasure, work, and more. There are the central tenets, which one must accept to be considered a Logosophist, and there are the extra principles that make sense given the acceptance of the core tenets. These extra principles, however, are not necessarily required. So, there are a few important pieces of this philosophy, which are organized here into separate documents for ease of reading.

        First, The Arguments, which establish in logical fashion the positions of the philosophy on the few essential fields of philosophical inquiry – Epistemology, Philosophy of the Mind, Philosophy of Logic and Philosophy of Science, and Moral Philosophy. Second, following from The Arguments and their conclusions, are The Core Tenets, which are the stated positions of the Logosophist worldview, and which one must accept as true for one to be considered a Logosophist. Then, there are the Principle Directives, and the Secular Decalogue, which are the moral and behavioral instructions for a Logosophist to abide. Below are links to the documents in PDF format, which open in a new window or tab and are readable online, or downloadable, and they're free of charge.

(The Arguments file is coming soon.)

Click here to access The Arguments for Logosophism. Downloadable PDF opens in a new window or tab.

Click here to access The Core Tenets of Logosophism. Downloadable PDF opens in a new window or tab.

Click here to access The Principle Directives of Logosophism. Downloadable PDF opens in a new window or tab.

Click here to access The Secular Decalogue of Logosophism. Downloadable PDF opens in a new window or tab.

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