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“Even if these studies bought no advantage beyond gratifying innocent curiosity, that oughtn’t to be despised, for it’s one way of getting safe and harmless pleasures—few of which have been bestowed on the human race. The sweetest and most inoffensive path of life leads through the avenues of knowledge and learning; and anyone who can either remove any obstacles along the path or open up new views ought to that extent to be regarded as a benefactor to mankind. And though these accurate and abstract researches may appear difficult and fatiguing, some minds are like some bodies in this: being endowed with vigorous and flourishing health, they need severe exercise, and get pleasure from activities that most people would find burdensome and laborious. Obscurity, indeed, is painful to the mind as well as to the eye; but to bring light from obscurity is bound to be delightful and rejoicing, however hard the labour.”

–David Hume

Welcome to secularphilosophy.net!

Secularphilosophy.net (secphil) was founded in 1999 as a site for armchair philosophers to consider important questions without bias to a particular philosophical, political, or religious system. It was a place were one could examine an argument without fear of a contentious “conversation-ender” theory, such as consequentialism or faith.

In this new manifestation, it has become a slightly more rigorous place for laymen and early career academics to test theories in an environment of acceptance and philosophical charity. The site is still dedicated to the concept of secular philosophy, or philosophy free of bias to a particular system. That is not to imply that religious discussion is not acceptable (it is in fact encouraged), only that reliance on faith or systematization to win arguments is fallacious and discouraged.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the site at johnbaldari@secularphilosophy.net