ISBN-10:
1551119625
ISBN-13:
9781551119625
Pub. Date:
04/06/2010
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Broadview Press
The Atheist's Primer / Edition 1

The Atheist's Primer / Edition 1

by Malcolm Murray

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ISBN-13: 9781551119625
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 498,922
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Malcolm Murray is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Prince Edward Island. His previous publications include The Moral Wager: Evolution and Contract (Springer, 2007).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface

PART 1. PRELIMINARIES

Chapter 1: Why Not Agnosticism?

  • Proving Non-Existence
    The Burden of Proof
    Fallibilism
    The Common Sense View
    Is Atheism Itself a Metaphysical Belief?
    Summary

Chapter 2: Which God Are You Denying?

  • Kidneys and Hearts
    What Is God?
    Magenta and Pink
    Tolerable Misdescriptions
    Life Force
    The Argument from Experience
    Our Natural Being
    The Point

Chapter 3: Religion without God?

  • Religious Atheism
    Spirit
    The Backdoor God
    Conclusion

Chapter 4: Metaphor and Sacred Texts

  • Inconsistencies
    Improbabilities
    Ignored Dictums
    Partial Literalism
    Metaphorical Reading
    Ricœur and Company

PART II. “PROOFS”

Chapter 5: Ontologic Illogic

  • A Priori and A Posteriori Arguments
    The Ontological Argument
    Null Sets and Hypotheticals
    Barretteless and Imaginary Dolls
    Necessary Existence
    Summary

Chapter 6: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

  • The Cosmological Argument
    Inconsistency
    Infinity
    The Kala‾m Argument
    Necessary Beings
    Best Explanation
    Conclusion

Chapter 7: Design or Evolution?

  • The Design Argument
    The Appeal
    The Evolutionary Account
    Chance and Fruit Flies
    Intelligent Design?

Chapter 8: Fine Tuning and Analogy

  • The Design Argument (Again)
    Fine Tuning and Biogenesis
    Analogical Argument Structure
    Watches and Astrolabes
    Summary

Chapter 9: The Moral Argument

  • Aquinas’s Version
    Kant’s Version
    Summary

PART III: ATTRIBUTES

Chapter 10: The Problem of Suffering

  • Inscrutability
    Free Will
    Eschatological Recompense
    Moral Fortitude
    Summary

Chapter 11: Omnipotence

  • The Paradox of the Stone
    No Impossible Powers
    Two Impossible Acts Are Easier Than One
    Mortal Comprehension

Chapter 12: Omniscience and Free Will

  • The Basic Problem
    Weakening Knowledge
    Out of Time
    Different Necessities
    Other Worlds
    Summary

Chapter 13: Time and Immutability

  • Problems with Immutability
    Anthropomorphizing
    Time Revisited
    Summary

Chapter 14: Is God Love?

  • Different Kinds of Love

PART IV. FAITH

Chapter 15: Faith and Reason

  • God Is Special
    Secular Faiths
    Conclusion

Chapter 16: Fideism

  • Kierkegaardian Fideism
    Wittgensteinian Fideism

Chapter 17: Ultimate Concern

  • Ontological, Not Cosmological
    Three Ambiguities
    The Problem

Chapter 18: Po-Mo Theo

  • A Monkey in a Box?
    Summary

Chapter 19: Pascal’s Wager

  • Two Problems
    Defending Pascal

Chapter 20: Non-Falsifiability

  • Flew’s Garden
    Not Logical Positivism
    Falsification and Verification
    Objections
    Replies
    Summary

PART V. IMPLICATIONS

Chapter 21: Mysticism

  • Common Components
    Content
    Method
    Self-Confirming
    Judging by the Effects
    Conclusion

Chapter 22: God and Morality

  • Moral Principles
    The Euthyphro Argument
    Innate Morality?
    Sin and Moral Intuition
    Strategic Interaction
    Conclusion

Chapter 23: The Meaning of Life

  • The Problem of Nihilism
    Reductio Ad Absurdum
    The Argument from Consistency
    The Non Sequitur
    Death
    Rephrasing the Question

Chapter 24: Death

  • Platonic Arguments
    Ghosts in the Machine
    Brain Damage
    Near-Death Experiences
    The Identity Argument
    Summary

Chapter 25: Error Theory

  • Religion’s Success
    Psychological and Sociological Accounts
    The Evolution of Belief
    Conclusion?

Notes
Bibliography
Author Index

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