This elucidation and defense of naturalism argues that an uncompromising secular orientation is the best framework for the search for meaning and interprets religion in purely naturalistic terms. Part One seeks to demonstrate that religious symbols arise from facts about human beings and the societies in which they live, specifically our needs, ...
This elucidation and defense of naturalism argues that an uncompromising secular orientation is the best framework for the search for meaning and interprets religion in purely naturalistic terms. Part One seeks to demonstrate that religious symbols arise from facts about human beings and the societies in which they live, specifically our needs, fears, and aspirations. Part Two examines arguments for and against naturalism, including the defenses of naturalism by Sidney Hook, Ernest Nagel, Antony Flew, and critical reactions to their views. The forceful and rigorously analytical case made by Jean Hampton against naturalism is also examined, resulting in a clarification of the substantial and sound methodological grounds for naturalism and atheism. Part Three considers the strongest intellectual challenge to secularism and naturalism, namely that of Ludwig Wittgenstein and some of his followers - Norman Malcolm, D. Z. Phillips, Hilary Putnam, Rush Rhees, and Peter Winch. Nielsen concludes that none of these critiques diminish the cogency and viability of naturalism as the most reasonable basis for viewing our world today.
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Hardcover. 8vo. Prometheus Books. 2001. 506 pgs. DJ in excellent shape, unclipped and with no tears present. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. 645; 1.69 x 9.32 x 6.39 Inches; 506 pages; Well-known philosopher and author Kai Nielsen provides a new approach to naturalism that is free of scientism in NATURALISM AND RELIGION. It is both accessible and at the very cutting edge of recent developments in philosophy. Nielsen has given us a naturalism without dogmatism or partisanship and with a thoroughly sympathetic understanding of religion. Without metaphysical encumbrances this work sets forth an incisive yet uncompromising secular conception of our world and of how we should strive to live in it.
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