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Philonous replied to Laurence C.'s discussion At what age did you start identifying as a pagan?
"None. I was under the impression that it was a catch all for any religions that are not scripture oriented, which is a classification based on exclusivity. I abandoned catholicism at 18 and became a deist, but I've never held or practiced any…"
Feb 12
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Hedonism As A Form Of Virtue Ethics

There are two kinds of pleasures that differ in duration, stability, and intensity. They are what I would call euphoria and eudaemonia. The former is short lived, induces erratic behavior, and brings about very intense feelings of happiness; the latter is long lived, is conducive to reasonable behavior, but brings about a less intense feeling than euphoria.  Euphoria is the dopamine rush of sex, drug use (particularly hard stimulants), eating rich food, or any other activity that satisfies…See More
Feb 12
Philonous commented on Philonous's blog post The Case for Agnostic Deism
"@Sophia Lucifer The conclusion that there is a reality that cannot be known through sense-experience implies, among other things, that belief in God is justifiable on the grounds that what we commonly call reality, in contrast to illusion, is also…"
Jan 19
Sophia Lucifer commented on Philonous's blog post The Case for Agnostic Deism
"Since you, Philonous, of all the people on PaganSpace, seem to represent the point of view of philosophy, I wonder if you could post a blog in which you could elaborate upon the final point in your summary, that there is a reality that cannot be…"
Jan 19
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The Case for Agnostic Deism

Rationalism is bunk Rationalism: a belief or theory that opinions and actions should be based on reason and knowledge rather than on religious belief or emotional response. I should preface this by saying that no one arrives at conclusions, in ordinary life, through reason or primarily using reason. All reasoning is post hoc. It is always preceded by instinct, emotion, and habit; patterns of thought reinforced over time. Even in conscious thought, our laternal frontal cortex only mediates…See More
Jan 19
Philonous commented on Philonous's blog post The Two Primal Spirits: The Creative and Destructive of Life
"@Kari '..It is complex, not only within ourselves but also in that which might be creative for us, may be also destructive for another' This is where Utilitarianism improves upon the foundation built by Zarathustra with the concept of the…"
Jan 16
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The Two Primal Spirits: The Creative and Destructive of Life

'In the beginning there were two primal spiritstwins spontaneously activethese are the Good and the evil, in thoughtand in word, and in deed.Between these two, let the wise chose aright.Be good, not base (Yasna 30.03).''And when these twin spirits came together at firstthey established life and the denial of life; and so shall it be till the world lasts.The worst existence shall be the lot of the followers of evil,and the state of best-consciousness the reward of the righteous (Yasna 30.04).'We…See More
Jan 16
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"I don't believe in divine revelation, but if I were to believe that any scripture was divinely inspired, I would say the Gathas are divinely inspired. "
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Philonous commented on Philonous's blog post Rational Hedonism Explained
"@ Medb St. Jerome 'The problem with relying on pain/pleasure is that I’ve found some of the best things for me were painful, and some of most pleasurable things almost killed me.' You apparently failed at reading comprehension as I…"
Jan 10
Medb St. Jerome commented on Philonous's blog post Rational Hedonism Explained
"The problem with relying on pain/pleasure is that I’ve found some of the best things for me were painful, and some of most pleasurable things almost killed me. I like Ramsey Dukes’ concept of ethics as a kind of mathematical problem with…"
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Relationship Status:
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Age
23
Astrological Sign
Big Dipper
About Me:
I have not been on this site for the past 4 years and it looks like not much has changed since. I went under the aliases Chad Cage, Apollyon Rising, Belphegor, Josh Bales etc. Perhaps you remember me if you were here 4 - 5 years ago. My new name means love of intellect/mind and I think it is most fitting given my transition over the past several years from the spurious superstitions of Catholicism to a more rationalistic and secular worldview.
Website:
http://www.anti-aggressionleague.com
Favorite Books
In random order

The Gathas, Poverty and Progress, Ethics by Spinoza, Social Statics, Man vs. The State, The Age of Reason, Agrarian Justice, Dissertation on the First Principles of Government, Meditations of Marcus Aurelius,The Ten Golden Rules: Ancient Wisdom from the Greek Philosophers on Living the Good Life, The Discourses of Epictetus, No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority, Think and Grow Rich
Beliefs / Practices
Other Spirituality
Other Beliefs/Practices
Reference labels:

Agnostic deism, rational utilitarianism, rational hedonism, heterodox Stoicism

I believe there is a discernible beauty in the inconceivable order of things, but we lose sight of this beauty when we fill it with all sorts of anthropomorphic projections that possess all the same frailties as their human creators. I cannot say with any certainty whether God possesses this or that attribute or know beyond a reasonable doubt that God necessarily exists. All I know is that there must be some greater cause than our own, our very planet, and nature itself. Such a thing must be inconceivable to a mind that can only conceive things within time and space. The three letter word serves as a convenient reference label.

At the individual level, the best life is lived in the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain. Though this may seem instinctual at first, it is critical to note that not all pleasures are worth pursuing and not all pains are worth avoiding. Some pleasures are only short term pleasures that eventually or probably if pursued in excess, lead to greater pain(s) in the long term. Likewise, some pains are only short term pains pains that eventually or probably if pursued persistently, lead to greater pleasure(s) in the long term.Furthermore, not all pleasures and pains are of the same quality; some being more fitting to humans while others still are shared in common with the lower animals i.e. base desires.

I became interested in Stoicism a couple of year ago as a philosophy that could replace the Catholicism I had abandoned quite some time ago. When I first began to study Stoic philosophy it appeared to me very austere, even more so than Orthodox Christian morality, and I soon came to regard its full conclusion, that we must exclude our passions to become tranquil, as untenable because humans are not fundamentally rational. As a result, I lost interest in Stoicism for a couple of year and just recently reconsidered that most of the doctrines are practicable when viewed through a moderate perspective.

At the societal level, I believe the greatest happiness to the greatest number should be our common objective, and this can only be achieved by securing to each the freedom to gratify their desires provided they do not prevent others from having the same freedom to gratify their desires i.e. the law of equal liberty.
Hobbies
Paddle boarding, biking, meditation, writing anti-government screeds
Heroes
In random order

Henry George, Epicurus, Herbert Spencer, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Kant, Lysander Spooner, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, JS Mills, Zarathustra, Baruch Spinoza, Mosonius Rufus, Seneca

All philosophers whom I have taken inspiration from their work, in whole or in part, to build upon my own internal discourse.
How did you find PaganSpace?
Back in 2011 on a online forum though I have considerably modified my views since then.

Philonous's Blog

Hedonism As A Form Of Virtue Ethics

Posted on February 12, 2017 at 3:25pm 0 Comments

There are two kinds of pleasures that differ in duration, stability, and intensity. They are what I would call euphoria and eudaemonia. The former is short lived, induces erratic behavior, and brings about very intense feelings of happiness; the latter is long lived, is conducive to reasonable behavior, but brings about a less intense feeling than euphoria.  Euphoria is the dopamine rush of sex, drug use (particularly hard stimulants), eating rich food, or any other activity…

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The Case for Agnostic Deism

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 7:30pm 2 Comments

Rationalism is bunk 

Rationalism: a belief or theory that opinions and actions should be based on reason and knowledge rather than on religious belief or emotional response.

 I should preface this by saying that no one arrives at conclusions, in ordinary life, through reason or primarily using reason. All reasoning is post hoc. It is always preceded by instinct, emotion, and habit; patterns of…

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The Two Primal Spirits: The Creative and Destructive of Life

Posted on January 16, 2017 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

'In the beginning there were two primal spirits

twins spontaneously active

these are the Good and the evil, in thought

and in word, and in deed.

Between these two, let the wise chose aright.…

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Reflections on Nature: Stoic Liberty

Posted on January 14, 2017 at 12:40am 0 Comments

'I do desire to be untroubled and free of turmoil, but I also want to be a pious man, a lover of wisdom, a careful student, knowing my duties towards God, my parents, my siblings, my country, and towards strangers.'

- Epictetus, Discourses 2:17

We are accustomed to assuming that those without obligations are free and those who have obligations are burdened. This assumption arises from the false preconception that one's obligations are…

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At 10:56am on January 7, 2017, Gilfur Ashardi said…
You, my friend, have important things to say. And yes, I do remember acouple of your former names. Thank you for bringing my attention back to Stoicism, as I had misjudged and dismissed it many years ago. To be honest, until I read your profile and blogs, I had almost lost faith that your generation had any thinkers. Although I don't have time today for lengthy writing, I do look forward to comparing notes with you.
 
 
 

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