Atheistic Humanism

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This collection of essays by one of the world's most distinguished philosophers addresses the many and diverse aspects of atheistic humanism. Antony Flew begins his comprehensive study with "Fundamentals of Unbelief," in which he argues that there is no good or sufficient natural reason to believe: (1) that the universe was created by a conscious, personal, willing, and doing Being; (2) that such a conjectural Being has provided his (or her or its) creatures with a Revelation; and (3) that we should either hope ...

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Overview

This collection of essays by one of the world's most distinguished philosophers addresses the many and diverse aspects of atheistic humanism. Antony Flew begins his comprehensive study with "Fundamentals of Unbelief," in which he argues that there is no good or sufficient natural reason to believe: (1) that the universe was created by a conscious, personal, willing, and doing Being; (2) that such a conjectural Being has provided his (or her or its) creatures with a Revelation; and (3) that we should either hope or fear some future for ourselves after our deaths.

In the second part, "Defending Knowledge and Responsibility," Flew disposes of the perennial charge that a naturalistic world outlook presupposes values which it cannot justify. He also criticizes sociologists of belief who refute themselves by refusing to admit that there is such a thing as "objective knowledge". And he examines the subject of mental illness, explaining and defining the notion by refering to the familiar yet often denied realities of choice and consequent responsibility.

The third section, "Scientific Socialism?", consists of three critical analyses of Marxism. Flew exposes the faulty philosophical foundations of Communism, compares Marxist theory with Darwin's theory of evolution, questions the status of Marxism as a social "science," and points out some of the significant failures of the socialist project.

Finally, in the fourth part, "Applied Philosophy," Flew looks at three social issues which have been the subject of much recent debate: the right to die, the definition of mental health, and the problems of racism.

This collection of essays by one of the world's best-known philosophers directly addresses the many and diverse aspects of this branch of humanist philosophy. Included in the author's theses are "Fundamentals of Unbelief, " "Defending Knowledge and Responsibility, " "Scientific Socialism, " and "Freedom and Human Nature." Part of the Promothesus Lecture Series.

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Inaugurating the Prometheus Lecture Series, this collection of clear and compelling essays by distinguished philosopher Flew (philosophy emeritus, U. of Reading, UK) addresses the many and diverse aspects of atheistic humanism, and is arranged in four parts: fundamentals of unbelief; defending knowledge and responsibility; scientific socialism?; and applied philosophy. Most of the essays draw more or less heavily on previous publications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879758479
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Series: Prometheus Lecture Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Lexile: 1780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Pt. 1 Fundamentals of Unbelief
1 A Defeasible Atheism 17
2 Theism Indefeasible and Insupportable 42
3 Evidencing Naturally Impossible Occurrences 69
4 Can We Survive Our Own Deaths? 88
Pt. 2 Defending Knowledge and Responsibility
5 Must Naturalism Self-Destruct? 109
6 Sociology of or against Knowledge? 141
7 Mental Health, Mental Disease, Mental Illness: "The Medical Model" 160
Pt. 3 Scientific Socialism?
8 Communism: The Philosophical Foundations 191
9 Comparing Marx with Darwin 207
10 Market Order or Commanded Chaos? 228
Pt. 4 Applied Philosophy
11 The Right to Death 249
12 Brainwashing, Deprogramming, and Mental Health 261
13 Three Concepts of Racism 274
14 Freedom and Human Nature 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2002

    Beautifully Organized Book

    Everything is organized, in order, and clear. If you're an atheist it'll add ideas to your philosophy, and if you're a theist it'll test your faith a little. Its all in good fun. (hehe)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Jesus isnt real

    Get a grip you ignorant jerk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    This book is false

    GOD IS REAL...GOD IS AWESOME AND EVERY KNEE WILL BOW AT HIS THRONE...EVERY KNEE...JESUS CHRIST LOVES US SO MUCH...HE IS REAL...AND HE CAN BE REAL IN YOUR HEARTS...IF YOU JUST BELEIVE WITH YOUR HEARTS AND CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THAT HE IS LORD...DO NOT LET ANYBODY...ANY IMPERFECT HUMAN BEING TALK YOU OUT OF THE LOVE THAT JESUS CAN GIVE YOU...NO PHILOSOPHY CAN SAVE YOU...JUST JESUS CHRIST

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