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David Martin Castan

Science and Spirituality – a Shared Ideal Value – Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty, part 6/6

What does it mean to say that science and the spiritual stance developed from the same basic normative idea, from a shared ideal value? This was my third thesis at the beginning of this essay. We…

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David Martin Castan

Religion vs Spirituality – Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty, part 5/6

Religion would now consist in the deliberate cultivation of a delusional system, the standpoint of pure belief, the dogmatic or fideist refusal of an ethics of inner action. By contrast, spirituality would be the epistemic stance…

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David Martin Castan

Does God Exist? – Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty, part 4/6

In order to see as clearly as possible what the connection between spirituality and intellectual honesty might consist in, we will now have to be more specific. Let us look at three examples of what it…

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David Martin Castan

The Ethics of Belief – Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty, part 3/6

Today, the technical debate is conducted under the title of “The Ethics of Belief”— and this already reveals one of its most important aspects: When is it permissive, from an ethical and moral perspective, to believe…

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David Martin Castan

Intellectual Honesty – Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty, part 2/6

Intellectual honesty means simply not being willing to lie to oneself. It is closely related to old-fashioned values such as propriety, integrity and sincerity, to a certain form of “inner decency”. Perhaps one could say that…

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What is Spirituality? – Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty, (1/6)

Is there something like a logical core, an essence of the spiritual perspective? In the history of Western philosophy, the Latin term spiritualitas has three main meanings.  First, it has something like a judicial and cultural…

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