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Philosophy and Atheism: In Defense of Atheism

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Hardcover, 231 pages
Published May 1st 1985 by Prometheus Books
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Paul
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I was always skeptical of the existence of God but I did not want to admit this because I associated atheism with dogmatic disbelief that rigidly rejects the existence of God. However, after reading an essay from this book I realize that Atheism does not have to be dogmatic but rather a critical skepticism of theism. Instead of merely rejecting the existence of God, Kai Nielsen defined atheism as doubting theistic beliefs in general. This inspired me to acknowledge that I am an atheist so in a s ...more
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Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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From what I see, Nielsen critiques Religion through a very wittgensteinian position.

He keeps coming back to "God-talk" of how any talk or religious truth-claim is unsupported via the Verification principle, that any idea without a sense impression is meaningless. He reduces Christianity to just another form of life where certain language games and family resemblances apply, and that Christians do not have a stronger truth-claim over anyone else.

I do like Ludwig Wittgenstein, AJ Ayer, and Bertran
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