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I intend this to be a general blog on the old scholastic subjects of praxeology, ethics, and theology, both addressing theory and present conflicts. Before I post anything substantive, I thought that I would give some introduction to my general philosophical background.
I am, preeminently, a Christian. Most of what lies beyond this is the subject of future posts, rather than of this introduction, but I shall touch some salient points. I accept the complete inspiration of the Bible. I am neither a fideist nor a rationalist, believing that all proper conclusions of unaided reason and observation are correct, but also that there are some things that cannot be discovered by reason which we can learn from direct revelation. Thus, here I fall in line with the scholastics of the Middle Ages.
Epistemologically, I am neither a rationalist nor an empiricist. Men can derive true conclusions a priori, but can also extend that knowledge a postiori. However, data without the application of reason can teach us nothing. Thus, I here also align with the scholastics, rejecting the post-Renaissance dichotomy between rationalism and empiricism.
Ethically, I am deontological, believing that the consonant dictates of natural law and Biblical ethics. I do, however, believe in the consistency principle, that following deontological rules will best uphold men’s rightly understood interests. Thus, I do not feel a need to combat utilitarianism ethically (unless it specifies an improper standard for men’s interests) but only in regards to man’s ability to find the correct course of action by utilitarian methods.
Economically, I do not categorize neatly. My methodology is firmly individualist and subjectivist. I do not, however, align neatly with the Austrians, who are nevertheless closest to my position. With regard to conclusions, I deny the ability of any intervention in a marketplace free of coercion to improve outcomes.
Politically, I follow natural law human rights theory, specifically that men have a right to property that extends to their own body and faculties, and that the remaining body of rights extends from that foundation.