Atheism & Philosophy by Kai Nielsen

By Kai Nielsen

The indeterminacy of the fashionable inspiration of God has made the excellence among trust and unbelief more and more tricky. either the complexity of the non secular reaction and the range of sceptical philosophies avert simplistic definitions of what constitutes trust in God. Making the dialogue much more tricky are assertions by means of fundamentalists who brush aside the philosophical perplexities of spiritual claims as unreal pseudo-problems. "Atheism and Philosophy" is an in depth learn of those and different matters important to our knowing of atheism, agnosticism, and non secular trust. thinker Kai Nielsen develops a coherent and built-in method of the dialogue of what it potential to be an atheist. In chapters akin to: How is Atheism to be Characterised?; Does God Exist?; Agnosticism; faith and dedication; and The Primacy of Philosophical Theology, Nielsen defends atheism in a manner that solutions to modern issues. This paperback version contains a new preface within which Nielsen, displaying the expanding effect of the later Ludwig Wittgenstein, Donald Davidson, the classical pragmatists, and such neo-pragmatists as Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam, defends his account opposed to a few continual and believable criticisms, rather opposed to his sceptical arguments about the coherence and intelligibility of trust in God.

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Swinburne and Plantinga on the theist side and Flew and most of the authors writing in The Impossibility of God on the other side, seem to me too rationalistic and too intellectualistic. They all seem to me to need a good soaking in Pascal, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Barth, and Wittgenstein. Perhaps such intellectualism is an occupational disease of the philosophy of religion. But one can err on the other side too as Kierkegaard does. Be that as it may, I want to pursue a little of what is involved here for I think it is important and something that we secularists and humanists frequently are not sufficiently attentive to.

4) That there can be no logically necessary beings. (5) An eternal being could not come into existence or cease to exist. (6) That God (if there is one) is an eternal being. (7) We cannot sensibly ask whether a being which is eternal actually exists. If it is an eternal being it must exist. Still there may be no eternal beings. (8) The God of our theistic religions, if he exists, is omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly good. (9) There is evil in the world. , William of Ockham) that an omnipotent God cannot do what is logically impossible and that that is no limitation to his omnipotence.

But having that emotional life is not even remotely sufficient to be able to have a belief in God or even to grasp what it is to believe in God. We have to have certain conceptualizations and certain other beliefs as well. Belief in God is not just a matter of reason, but it is not just a matter of the emotions either. The heart has no reasons that reason cannot know, though that does not entail or give to understand that we do not have many groundless beliefs. We live, as Wittgenstein realized, in a sea of them.

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