Download e-book for iPad: Atheism & Philosophy by Kai Nielsen

By Kai Nielsen

ISBN-10: 1591022983

ISBN-13: 9781591022985

The indeterminacy of the trendy idea of God has made the excellence among trust and unbelief more and more not easy. either the complexity of the spiritual reaction and the diversity of sceptical philosophies restrict simplistic definitions of what constitutes trust in God. Making the dialogue much more tough are assertions via fundamentalists who push aside the philosophical perplexities of non secular claims as unreal pseudo-problems. "Atheism and Philosophy" is a close research of those and different matters important to our realizing of atheism, agnosticism, and spiritual trust. thinker Kai Nielsen develops a coherent and built-in method of the dialogue of what it capacity to be an atheist. In chapters equivalent to: How is Atheism to be Characterised?; Does God Exist?; Agnosticism; faith and dedication; and The Primacy of Philosophical Theology, Nielsen defends atheism in a manner that solutions to modern issues. This paperback version encompasses a new preface during which Nielsen, displaying the expanding impact of the later Ludwig Wittgenstein, Donald Davidson, the classical pragmatists, and such neo-pragmatists as Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam, defends his account opposed to a few power and believable criticisms, rather opposed to his sceptical arguments in regards to the coherence and intelligibility of trust in God.

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He is "pure spirit" and a person with a material embodiment. God is said to be an eternal transcendent reality but he is also said to be immanent. This appears at least to be incoherent, but, incoherent or not, Christians whose beliefs are at all close to established orthodoxy will not abandon their claim that God is transcendent to the world. Such a "transcendent reality"—a reality understood to be an ultimate mysterycan not be identified in the same way that objects or processes in the 54 Atheism & Philosophy universe are identified.

God is said to be an eternal transcendent reality but he is also said to be immanent. This appears at least to be incoherent, but, incoherent or not, Christians whose beliefs are at all close to established orthodoxy will not abandon their claim that God is transcendent to the world. Such a "transcendent reality"—a reality understood to be an ultimate mysterycan not be identified in the same way that objects or processes in the 54 Atheism & Philosophy universe are identified. There can be no pointing at God, no ostensive teaching of "God," to show what "God" means.

Though invisible, theoretical entities are among the things in the universe and thus they can be postulated as causes of the things we do see. Since this is so, it becomes at least logically possible indirectly to verify by empirical methods the existence of such realities. It is also the case that there is no logical ban on establishing what is necessary to ascertain a causal connection, namely a constant conjunction of two discrete empirical realities. However, for the nonanthropomorphic conceptions of God of developed forms of Judeo-Christianity, no such constant conjunction can be established or even intelligibly asserted between God and the universe; thus the existence of God is not even indirectly confirmable or disconfirmable.

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