Within this website I explore whether there is a spiritual realm, a supernatural realm, containing God, mind, souls, consciousness with its contents (ideas, emotions, love, reason, etc) — this, from a purely philosophical and unreligious point of view.
In this article, I first assume there is a spiritual realm so as to explore the implications; then I present my conclusions elsewhere.
Six aspects to philosophy:
I find this following understanding to be useful:
Wild speculative hypothetical conjectures (such as a multiple universe multiverse) are philosophy, not science.
The rejection of God is philosophy, but based on very many scientific observations yielding no evidence that God exists. If God exists, there would be provable interactions in the physical universe; but such things are not present. Religious claims are provably false; miracles have never been proven; philosophical conceptions of God can't explain the fact of suffering of conscious creatures.
I postulate both a physical realm and a spiritual realm having these characteristics:
I consider consciousness with its contents (ideas, reason, mind, feelings, love, God, etc) as outside of the physical realm (mind-body dualism). And therefore, philosophy (and science) resides in the spiritual realm, in the mind.
There are only two fields of study, two categories:
Notice that science requires philosophy as its foundation. Science is part of philosophy.
Doing philosophy is mental and spiritual, not physical (but the brain participates).
I object to historical approaches to philosophy which are unaware of modern science, or which attempt to relegate the physical realm to mere ideas and such.
Any interactions of the mind with the physical realm must be explained via an interface between the physical realm and the physical realm. Merely declaring that a chair receives its "chairness" from the realm of forms (for example) is not sufficient. Ditto for claiming that physical objects contain their forms embedded within them.
That is to say, consideration of the spiritual realm and its contents. Such topics as:
This section considers non-science as philosophy, that is to say, the philosophy about pure ideas having no connection with the physical realm:
Certain topics can only be explored via philosophy (not science), such as: (1) whether there is a God, and (2) how to derive morality without religion.
Beyond this, some philosophical systems by various historical philosophers seemingly blend together the physical realm with the spiritual realm, seemingly considering physicality as philosophical in nature. But philosophy resides in the spiritual realm, in the mind, apart from the physical realm. The physical realm grounds reality.
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Much of Christian doctrine is based on the philosophy of Aristotle and Plato and others, reinterpreted by Augustine and Aquinas (most Christians don't realize this fact). Therefore these Christian doctrines are not to be trusted; they are theology, not philosophy. Theology is useless or worse; it is based on information revealed by religion.