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Are we all ‘atheist’ or 'agnostic in a pandemic'?

I think you have a false premise. Your premise seems to be "Devout believers/adherents of the religion Islam believe that humans need not make any effort in their survival in the natural world." I ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

Consider someone who doesn't believe in any kind of reincarnation or perfect punishment after death, an atheist. That is, nothing in the world can impact him/her after his/her death, because, as he/...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

Aristotle (who wrote well before the rise of the Christian notions of a soul or eternal life) addressed this question in terms of virtue. As he saw it, a community of men were like sailors on a ship, ...
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Are we all ‘atheist’ or 'agnostic in a pandemic'?

There's a good joke about this. The Mississippi floods, but this guy stays put and says "God will save me". A policeman comes past and says "Better be going" but our guy says "God will save me". The ...
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Are we all ‘atheist’ or 'agnostic in a pandemic'?

There are some religious groups --I'm thinking here of "prosperity" churches --that promote the message that nothing but good things will ever happen to the truly faithful. But these are definitely ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

The classification of what is and isn't self, and thereby death as a boundary, is an arbitrary one. Would you ask why an individual cell of your body "cares" about what happens to you after ...
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How far can/should one press philosophical doubt?

Descartes was the modern founder of what is called foundationalism about knowledge, the idea that we must find a secure self-evident ground from which all the rest of our knowledge can be justified. ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

I would counter by asking why believing in a god implies optimism? I would argue there are several cults or small religious sects which believe in no afterlife and/or consider the future to be grim. ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death? Each human being cares or does not care about particular things, but there is no reason that anyone should care about ...
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Is Spinoza the formal founder of agnosticism?

Spinoza spends the whole first part of his master book, Ethics, describing God and its properties, so clearly he thought there is something we can known about it. He is often described as deist or ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

I find the "should" in this question rather interesting, as I don't feel that this is a fixed requirement. We may get to a position in the future where the idea that we should look after ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

There are plenty of philosophical hoops you can jump through to justify actions that will help future generations after your own death, but I think the real world answer why atheists behave ...
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Is agnosticism subjective? And thus the "spaghetti monster"-argument falls apart?

Subjectivity is the point of the Flying Spaghetti Monster analogy First I must point out that The Flying Spaghetti Monster was created in a specific context: as a response to a decision by a school ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

Hume famously said that "Tis not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger", by which he meant that, if we make abstraction of our ...
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How to avoid nihilism as an agnostic?

G. E. M. Anscombe recommends Aristotle's ethics as a way to avoid moral obligation whether that obligation comes from a religious or non-religious framework. Focusing on avoiding moral obligation ...
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

Après moi, le déluge is a well-known attitude, which is definitely practiced by some members of human society. The attitude reflects giving priority to one's own benefit (one's own survival, pleasure, ...
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If you believe that our reality is some kind of reflection, what should be your label? Atheist? Nonbeliever? Agnostic?

Its fairly mainstream if you look up epistemological scepticism or indirect realism. Some notable examples Plato The intelligible world — often miscalled the world of Forms — is the reality.Today we ...
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How to avoid nihilism as an agnostic?

@Sashank since I'm not supposed to dive into discussions in the comments, here is my answer to your second question: What you're presenting is the juxtaposition of discipline and morality. I believe ...
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How compatible is atheism with agnosticism?

It's easy to conceive of a God that doesn't punish people and doesn't directly interfere with whatever afterlife they may or may not have. Rejecting one idea of God is neither atheism nor agnosticism....
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How compatible is atheism with agnosticism?

One deals with faith, the other with knowledge Using the definition of atheism as presented by modern atheists such as Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry, atheism is the rejection of theism, and ...
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Is agnosticism subjective? And thus the "spaghetti monster"-argument falls apart?

I think that, in this case, rational does not mean ethically sound, but rather logically consistent. For example, suppose God is known to exist and is known to exist in the form of some animal. ...
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Does Godel's incompleteness theorem support agnosticism?

Goedel's incompleteness theorem is a very specific statement about the nature of mathematics. As such, it is silent on the issue of religious faith and has no applications in that field.
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Why should an atheist care about what happens to the world after his/her death?

To love and to care are unrelated to religions or atheism. Caring is innate and natural, while believing in a religion and also atheism are a rational exercises. Humans love and care for others beings ...
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If you believe that our reality is some kind of reflection, what should be your label? Atheist? Nonbeliever? Agnostic?

A theist believes in the existence of some being (deity) beyond what we can see (who's usually conscious and has some broad authority or power over and concern with reality and humanity). This can ...
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Are agnosticism and ignosticism incompatible with each other?

Ignoticism as defined in the link from the OP question emphasizes the general rule that any discussion presupposes that the dialogue partners have defined - explicitly or by common use of language - ...
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Is atheism or agnosticism more rational?

Atheists say that God doesn't exist. But I've never heard an atheist say he can prove that God doesn't exist. Well, I am going to say it, and I am going to say it, now. "God" is defined as an ...
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In what sense is atheism scientific?

Atheism isn't scientific. It was Laplace that introduced it into the scientific-philosophical-theological conception pictured by Newton by pointing out that his conception did not appear to require a ...
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How far can/should one press philosophical doubt?

Should we keep on questioning until nothing is left to question or is there a point on which we need to stand (which we often tend to do). Descartes used 'I think' as this fixed point, there may be ...
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