Monday, June 12, 2017
Week 2 Comment 1-Vega "How would you profile your own personal philosophy, in light of James's "tough" and "tender" traits.
Personally, I believe that my own personal philosophy would lean towards the tough minded empiricist. I am an agnostic and find little value in global religion and dogma. I tend to believe that religion and the ideology of a superior being does a disservice to mankind and it also creates a crutch for humans that generates within human the opportunity to negate personal accountability. For example, when a goal is not accomplished, I have heard theists with "tender" minded principles apply the outcome to “god’s will”. When in reality it is much more likely and feasible that the person did not apply as much hard work and effort into the successful completion of the goal, but instead placed a certain amount of energy and belief into prayer or the supernatural realm shaping the outcome.
While James also describes the empiricist as pessimistic, while labeling the tender-minded rationalistic as optimistic. I would respectfully push back on this description. I would lean more towards realistic as opposed to pessimistic. Pessimist look for or expect the worst, while realist use a logical temperament to anticipate what may come. For example, if a particular neighborhood in a city has a notorious and documented history of violent crimes, then my outlook on the neighborhood as I enter it, is not an expectation of the worst as a frivolously whim, but a logical understanding of reoccurring circumstances in that area that leads me to realistically anticipate what may come as a result of being in that area.