Vince Imbat

My worldview

Apr 27, 2021

I started a self-directed study of Philosophy. My main goal for studying was not to acquire a broad knowledge of the field but enough knowledge to answer a question that I feel like I was asking my whole life: “How should I live?” I believe that The primary purpose of philosophizing is to live a good life.

There are so many angles to answering this question. However, I think I have come to a very useful and really basic truth, which helped me see through the question more clearly. And that truth is this:

Life is almost all about subjective experiences.

I’m tempted to say, “Life is ALL about subjective experiences,” but I feel like this undermines the importance of the little objective truths that we are capable of accessing.

# Metaphysics

The subject of Metaphysics is at the core of any philosophical inquiry. Religious or spiritual inquiries are also philosophical so they can never escape metaphysical questions.

Obviously, there are lots and lots of metaphysical theories. But all of them try to answer a single question: “What exists?”

I am persuaded with the following conclusions:

Metaphysics is a difficult topic to navigate because We agree about what we want and disagree about metaphysics and epistemology. This is why The Buddha avoided metaphysics. But Metaphysics and epistemology can help us be kinder

# Epistemology

Foundations necessarily exist and are inescapable

Focus on foundations, not conclusions

It is impossible to arrive to true conclusions using flawed foundations

The longer a worldview goes unexamined, the more difficult it becomes to revise

Discard a worldview with a mistaken foundation

# Ethics

We act based on practical rationality

# Economics