Posted: Mar 01, 2017 12:53 pm
by Thomas Eshuis
VazScep wrote:
Thomas Eshuis wrote:He was (and perhaps still is?) adamant in his non-atheistic agnosticism.
That identity stuff I can easily forgive. This forum has had stupidly long threads fighting over what words we should be calling ourselves, and at the end of the day, we're arguing over who should get to write the next dictionary entry, not figuring anything out.

My understanding is that "agnostic" better reflects my position than "atheist" as originally intended, in that "agnosticism" in Huxley's formulation was supposed to be a broad scepticism of metaphysics. The main beef I've had with atheists over my years on the internets is in their credence of metaphysical discourse.

But, since atheism isn't about metaphysics, I fail to see how that makes agnosticism is better. Especially since the two are not mutually exclusive. Not even Huxeley's formulation as that relies/d on a straw-man of atheism.