Subject- Agnosticism: Ethics and Business. Syllabus:
The objectives of subject “Agnosticism” are:
Sample of the subject - Agnosticism
Subject Description: Agnosticism: Ethics and Business:
The term Agnosticism derived from the Greek: “a” - not “gnosis” - knowing, i.e., the significance would be the “non-knowledge.” Agnosticism is not a superior religion, but rather is a philosophy of life.
Agnosticism is as old as the history of the higher religions. Great philosophers, mathematicians, and writers have been defined as Agnostics. In the axial age philosophers began to reflect on the lack of knowledge of God.
In the 19th century English writer and biologist Thomas H. Huxley and one of the greatest defenders of the theory of evolution of Charles Darwin, father of the writer Aldous Huxley (“A happy world”) stated:
“So I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of agnostic.”
The great historian Arnold Toynbee, in the first volumes of his monumental “Study of History” declared himself agnostic, but in latest volumes; he declared himself Christian. The famous Spanish philosopher José Ortega and Gasset, warned of the dangers of Agnosticism, saying that it was a kind of surrender of man on the search for God.
Sri Ramakrishna reflects about Agnosticism:
“You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises.
In any case, the position of this paper is respecting those who feel agnostics, even bearing in mind the reflection of Ortega and Gasset.
It is hard to know exactly the number of Agnostics in the World, as many surveys do not differentiate between agnosticism and atheism. Pew Institute estimated that 16% of the World's population does not believe in anything (included both agnosticism and atheism), according to this data agnosticism would be the third “belief” in the World by some people, behind Christianity and Islam.
Ethics and Agnosticism. We do not believe that there is a direct relationship between ethics, business, and agnosticism, both in a positive sense as negative. An Agnostic can have strong ethical principles but also cannot have them. Therefore, it is not possible to define prior ethical principles of Agnostics.
However, one of the largest philanthropic initiatives of the West, “The Giving Pledge” has been created by two of the World's leading entrepreneurs: Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, both agnostics.
Bill Gates (Microsoft/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
Some famous Agnostics.