By George H. Smith

ISBN-10: 0879755776

ISBN-13: 9780879755775

during this wide-ranging selection of articles, essays, and speeches, George H. Smith analyzes atheism and its relevance to society today.

The featured essay during this quantity presents an entire research of Ayn Rand's detailed contribution to atheism, explaining how her objectivist metaphysics and laissez-faire fiscal rules rested on a basically godless worldview. numerous chapters tackle the evolution of atheism; arguments in want of non secular toleration; the efforts of early Church fathers to discredit Roman polytheism and the way those arguments can be utilized with equivalent strength opposed to later Christian descriptions of God; and a survey of the contributions to freethought made via the deists of the 18th and nineteenth centuries.

With incisive good judgment and huge wit, Smith ties atheism to cause and argues that cause itself could be a ethical advantage. in a single penetrating bankruptcy, Smith salutes 3 Christian theorists who he believes embrace the spirit of cause: Thomas Aquinas, Desiderius Erasmus, and John Locke. this is often by way of a philosophical drubbing of his "least favourite Christians" - St. Paul, St. Augustine, and John Calvin. In next chapters, Smith examines faith and schooling; addresses the twentieth century fundamentalist revival; bargains feedback on the way to debate atheism with spiritual believers; opinions "new religions," together with pop remedy, est, and tranactional research; and offers a complete bibliographic essay at the literature of freethought.

Show description

Read or Download Atheism, Ayn Rand, and Other Heresies PDF

Similar biographies & memoirs of philosophers books

Nicholas Dent's Rousseau (The Routledge Philosophers) PDF

During this exceptional creation, Nicholas Dent covers the entire of Rousseau's proposal. starting with a necessary assessment of Rousseau's existence and works, he introduces and assesses Rousseau's principal rules and arguments. those comprise the corruption of recent civilization, the kingdom of nature, his well-known theories of amour de soi and amour propre, schooling, and his well-known paintings Emile.

Download PDF by Luis E. Navia: Diogenes The Cynic: The War Against The World

For over 8 hundred years, philosophers—men and women—who referred to as themselves Cynics, actually "dogs" of their language, roamed the streets and byways of the Hellenistic global, educating unusual principles and training a weird and wonderful lifestyle. between them, crucial and distinct used to be Diogenes of Sinope, who turned the archetype of Classical Cynicism.

Download e-book for kindle: The A to Z of Wittgenstein's Philosophy (The A to Z Guide by Duncan Richter

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was once absolutely essentially the most very important philosophers of the twentieth century, and maybe of any century. He was once additionally a desirable, charismatic, and aggravating guy. His philosophical skill was once well-known presently by way of Bertrand Russell, and through his lifetime his paintings stimulated first logical positivism after which traditional language philosophy.

Download PDF by Robert Paul Wolff: Autobiography of an Ex-White Man: Learning a New Master

Autobiography of an Ex-White guy is an intensely own meditation at the nature of the US by means of a White thinker who joined a Black stories division and located his figuring out of the realm reworked by means of the event. The e-book starts off with an autobiographical narrative of the occasions top as much as Wolff's move from a Philosophy division to the W.

Extra info for Atheism, Ayn Rand, and Other Heresies

Example text

Download PDF sample

Atheism, Ayn Rand, and Other Heresies by George H. Smith

by Daniel

Rated 4.61 of 5 – based on 19 votes