Naturalism and Religion

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Prometheus Books, 29‏/04‏/2011 - 506 من الصفحات
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.
 

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Naturalistic Explanations of Religion
29
On Being a Secularist All the Way Down
56
The Faces of Immortality
77
The Meaning of Life
104
Hook Nagel
135
Naturalism Under Challenge
199
An Exchange Between Hook and Nielsen
234
For an Openminded
260
On the Complexities
270
Antony Flew on Atheistic Humanism
298
THE CHALLENGE
315
Wittgenstein
372
Can Anything Be Beyond Human Understanding?
405
The Gathering of the Fugitives
429
INDEX
497
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