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Avatar -- Philosophy (and Religion) Or FAITHEISM

Avatar -- Philosophy (and Religion) Or FAITHEISM

by Edmond Wright


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Are you prepared, either as an atheist or a religious believer, to have your ideas of God, the self, other people, the body, the soul, spirituality, and faith challenged in an unexpected and original way? Here is a book that moves out from under and away from the received notions of those ponderous topics, whether or not you believe in the divine. The author is a confessed atheist but one who rejects the approach of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Michel Onfray and the rest when they depart from their justifiable criticisms of the historical record of the established creeds and endeavour to rubbish what faith could actually be. The book takes its origin from an exploration of the idea of an avatar; the writing of it was stimulated by seeing the Cameron film, though it subjects that film itself to an assessment of its hidden assumptions. The book finally arrives at specific recommendations for our time, ones to which the argument of the book has been directed throughout.

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ISBN-13: 9781845402341
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Series: Societas Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Edmond Wright is a philosopher whose particular interests have been in perception, language, religion, and the theory of knowledge. His books include Narrative, Perception, Language, and Faith (Macmillan, 2005) and four edited collections, The Ironic Discourse (1993), New Representationalisms: Essays in the Philosophy of Perception (1993), The Case for Qualia (2008), and a volume edited with his wife Elizabeth Wright, The Zizek Reader (1999). He has also published two volumes of poetry, The Horwich Hennets and The Jester Hennets.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Just what is an Avatar? 5

2 So what is Faith? 9

3 The Game of Language 13

4 The Mutually Imagined Singularity 17

5 Identity, Truth and Love 37

6 What is so Special about Avatarhood then? 43

7 What must we do now? 49

8 Incarnation as Avatarhood 65

9 The Acid Test for Faith 69

10 We are all Avatars 71

References 81

Index 85

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