Transegoism is the idea that there is a single comprehensive reality, that human beings have individuated egos, and that these individuated egos integrate into the comprehensive reality, from which a cohesive meta-personality is emergent.
The essential distinctive characteristics of Transegoism are:
- It is a comprehensive philosophy.
- It is imperatively committed to the idea that there is an individuated ego which is emergent, but cohesive.
- It is imperatively committed to a panentheist metaphysics, whereby the individuated ego is integrated into all that exists, from which a meta-ego (or, transego) is emergent and cohesive.
- It is strongly committed to an ethical model which could be described as egoistic, but takes a very broad view of personal interest.
- It is strongly committed to a political model which tends toward anarcho-capitalism, while supporting the legitimacy of a state which is constitutionally constrained by natural law concepts; the Transegoist philosophy of law is post-naturalistic – it views rights as being inherent and logically necessitated by the qualities of the individuated ego; as opposed to being supernaturally endowed.
- It explores physical models, and presently tends toward a monistic-spiritual deterministic-materialism, whereby free-will is understood as an ontological reality, but is a metaphysically contained attribute, and the spiritual and physical are understood to be unified under a single set of metaphysical parameters.
- It tends toward a post-Objectivist epistemology, and a proxytypical theory of mind.
Imperative Commitments; What Are They?
An imperative commitment is a belief or axiom which is fundamental to a particular philosophical model. In other words, imperative commitments are beliefs that one must hold in order to say that one holds or tends to a particular philosophy. For example, Libertarians have an imperative commitment to a political model which involves limiting government to its essential functions. Or, for example, Christians have an imperative commitment to the teachings of Jesus Christ, however they may interpret them. That’s not to say that one cannot abandon these respective philosophical commitments, but should one do so, one would no longer be identifiable as Libertarian or Christian, respectively. It is “imperative” that one accept those ideas in order to be able to say that one endorses its respective related philosophical model.
Imperative Commitments of Transegoism
There are two imperative commitments of the comprehensive philosophical model of Transegoism. It is imperatively committed to the idea that there is an individuated ego which is emergent, but cohesive, and it is imperatively committed to a panentheist metaphysical model, whereby the individual’s ego, while distinct, is fully integrated into all that exists, from which a meta-ego (or, “transego”) is emergent and cohesive.
Transegoism is, ethically, a post-egoist philosophical model. That is, it holds the tenets of egoism as an ontological model, but not a metaphysical model, because it rejects the concept of mind-body dualism in favor of a form of spiritually materialistic metaphysical monism. The ego is an emergent property of interlapping biological and spiritual systems. The individual appears to be able to coherently self-identify and make normative judgments, and the Transegoist takes this as sufficient evidence to posit with certainty (as an imperative commitment) that the ego exists.
Of the two imperative commitments of Transegoism, the acceptance of a panentheist model of metaphysics is by far the weaker one in terms of evidenciary verification and logical necessity, yet it is no less central to the relevant content of the philosophy. Panenthesim is the idea that the physical universe and the spiritual plane are interrelated and connected. Transegoism makes a panentheist claim which is even more radical and specific – that the Universe itself is a series of overlapping systems of organization from which a universal ego is emergent. This universal ego is identified by the philosophy as a conceptual equivalent of “God” (it uses the latter term to designate the former concept). The God/Universe’s ego is emergent from universal overlapping systems in the same way that the individuated ego is emergent from overlapping physical and spiritual systems. From this imperative commitment, transegoism seeks to explore and/or speculate upon the direct and indirect relationships that are formed between individuated egos and the divine ego.