Question by CowBlow: What determines if a statement or question is philosophical or philosophy or not?
Can’t “spirituality” be a metaphysics or Philosophy?
What determines a question / statement is a philosophical point of view or ‘something else’ spiritual ?
If I were to question or say….
“Is there a god?” There is no God, but the universe is a god/god is in all of us? ….. or……..God is real and tangible but has nothing to do with us (deist)? .. are those religious, philosophical, or spiritual?
How about… a question of the afterlife? how can that be philosophical instead of religious.
Reason why i asked is because Buddhism sometimes is considered a philosophy and not a religion.
Answer by ?
If you are trying to reason something out, using only logic, intellect and cognitive processes … then that is philosophy.
If you are accepting anything on the basis of believing it (no cognitive processes involved) … then that is religion.
If you have ideas, but insist on trying them out in the real world, to determine if they hold up … then you are either practicing the scientific method OR you are a Buddhist.
Buddhism – actually – is neither a philosophy nor a religion.
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