Atheism & Philosophy

The indeterminacy of the modern concept of God has made the distinction between belief and unbelief increasingly problematic Both the complexity of the religious response and the variety of skeptical philosophies preclude simplistic definitions of what constitutes belief in God Making the discussion even difficult are assertions by fundamentalists who dismiss the phThe indeterminacy of the modern concept of God has made the distinction between belief and unbelief increasingly problematic Both the complexity of the religious response and the variety of skeptical philosophies preclude simplistic definitions of what constitutes belief in God Making the discussion even difficult are assertions by fundamentalists who dismiss the philosophical perplexities of religious claims as unreal pseudo problems.Atheism Philosophy is a detailed study of these and other issues vital to our understanding of atheism, agnosticism, and religious belief Philosopher Kai Nielsen develops a coherent and integrated approach to the discussion of what it means to be an atheist In chapters such as How is Atheism to be Characterized , Does God Exist , Agnosticism, Religion and Commitment, and The Primacy of Philosophical Theology, Nielsen defends atheism in a way that answers to contemporary concerns.This paperback edition features a new preface in which Nielsen, showing the increasing influence of the later Ludwig Wittgenstein, Donald Davidson, the classical pragmatists, and such neopragmatists as Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam, defends his account against some persistent and plausible criticisms, particularly against his skeptical arguments concerning the coherence and intelligibility of belief in God.
Atheism Philosophy The indeterminacy of the modern concept of God has made the distinction between belief and unbelief increasingly problematic Both the complexity of the religious response and the variety of skeptical

  • Title: Atheism & Philosophy
  • Author: Kai Nielsen
  • ISBN: 9781591022985
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Atheism & Philosophy”

    1. Ended up scanning through it. I found it to be a difficult read, and left one constantly having to interpret what was said by the author. It was okay, and I did like what I could get, but somewhat tedious to work through.

    2. This book provides a very good execution of exploring the logical incoherencies of the theistic question. But, it is written by a professional philosopher, is extremely technical, and not for the faint of heart to undertake.

    3. Bit dated (Nielsen is the next best thing to a positivist), but articulate and pretty rigorous. Either side ought to read Nielsen with interst.

    4. A nice compilation of some of Kai Nielsen's essays. My two favorites were the critical review of Antony Flew's "The Presumption of Atheism" and the essay on ethics included near the end of the book.

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