Empires of Belief: Why We Need More Skepticism and Doubt in the Twenty-First Century by Stuart Sim, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Empires of Belief: Why We Need More Skepticism and Doubt in the Twenty-First Century

Empires of Belief: Why We Need More Skepticism and Doubt in the Twenty-First Century

by Stuart Sim
     
 

Challenges all forms of fundamentalism and unexamined belief systems from a philosophical and sceptical viewpoint. Is unquestioning belief making a global comeback? The growth of religious fundamentalism seems to suggest so. For the sceptically minded, this is a deeply worrying trend, not just confined to religion. Political, economic, and scientific theories can

Overview

Challenges all forms of fundamentalism and unexamined belief systems from a philosophical and sceptical viewpoint. Is unquestioning belief making a global comeback? The growth of religious fundamentalism seems to suggest so. For the sceptically minded, this is a deeply worrying trend, not just confined to religion. Political, economic, and scientific theories can demand the same unquestioning obedience from the general public. Stuart Sim outlines the history of scepticism in both the Western and Islamic cultural traditions, and from the Enlightenment to postmodernism. Setting out what a sceptical politics might be like, Empires of Belief argues that we need less belief and more doubt: an engaged scepticism to replace the pervasive dogmatism that threatens our democracies.

Editorial Reviews

Richard Holloway
In this vigorous and challenging book Stuart Sim calls for less belief and more doubt in a world that threatens to tear itself apart over competing certainties.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748623266
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
01/23/2007
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Stuart Sim is Professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at the Northumbria University

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