The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation.
I don’t agree with the premise that atheism is a philosophy...I believe it is the default position of all humans prior to the introduction of the concept of a god or gods. This introduction, or indoctrination which usually starts in infancy and continues throughout childhood and into adulthood, is a philosophy that we are created by a god whom we must also worship and obey. When someone later then uses reason, logic and scientific fact, and then concludes that this belief in god is fallacious and starts to disbelieve it, all they are doing is shedding the philosophy of belief for disbelief. That cannot by any stretch of imagination be construed as adopting a different philosophy, when it merely reverts to our natural human state prior to the said false belief .
I'm sorry , but there is no "philosophy of atheism." Philosophy means - a rational investigation for the truth - and in the case of gawd - there is no case. there is nothing to investigate. ...For whatever reason believers and non-believers alike try to ascribe all sorts of meanings to the word "atheism." Atheism is, has and forever shall be one thing and one thing only. A lack of belief in any gawds - nothing more, nothing less.
Atheism is not a philosophy as I see it. It's a condition wherein there is no belief in entities that cannot be demonstrated in an empirical manner and are said to exist outside of the world we inhabit. This is the base condition of all human beings unless they are inculcated with such beliefs by authority figures.
Ah, Emma Goldman, that pioneer anarchist. She speaks the truth, here. It is very liberating, exhilarating even, to realize that the 'eye in the sky' you always assumed was there, is really just make believe. My only quibble with her statement is that lacking a belief in a deity, or atheism, isn't a philosophy. Rather, it is merely a point of reference.
"The philosophy of Atheism" does not actually exist.
It presents no "concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator"
Rather it's from Missouri, it says plainly "I do not believe in the "metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator" without adequate evidence, and as the language implies that would never be possible.
Therefore whatever philosophy any particular Atheist adopts, it is not Atheism, which is simply the lack of Theism.
I personally use Ethics tempered by Empathy, it has always proved more than adequate for my needs.
Please do not rely on antiquated anarchists for a global view of all Atheists.
"Emma Goldman (June 27 [O.S. June 15], 1869 – May 14, 1940) was an anarchist political activist and writer."--Wiki
Atheism is an -ism. It comes in many forms.
Atheism is a practice of a life that no gods exist. Atheism is a system of debate against anything god. Atheism is a philosophy that no gods exist. Atheism is illogical.
I was about to jump on the “it’s not really a philosophy” bandwagon until I saw that this in an Emma quote! I can appreciate it in context of her time and amazing body of work and thought. My family was actively involved (on both sides ...) of the titanic revolutionary struggles of a century ago, and I think Emma stands out as a beacon of integrity in times of rapid and unpredictable change, accepting and dealing with the consequences of her beliefs.
As time goes by, it seems that atheism has left a void that is filled (or unfilled) with a sense of meaninglessness and nihilism. This problem has resulted in many trying to fill the void with meaningfulness and other practices. Sam Harris is a good example. Rupert Sheldrake's Science and Sacred Practices details the many ways sacred practices, such as pilgrimage, are being used today by all kinds of people to feel a part of something bigger than themselves.
Being an Atheist does not relieve some people from Belief in other stuff. They just don't believe in god/s. A problem is that many talk about Philosophy but don't actually have a Philosophy, or at least a well thought out philosophy. If your philosophy is not thought through then it's the same as religion.
To my mind Atheism is not, in actual fact, a Philosophy as such, it is an Ideology, for want of a better term.
Religions, imho, are merely Theosophies ( a combination of philosophies and thoughts that a Supreme Entity has to exist otherwise there is NO reason for existence as we know it to have occurred in the first place).