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Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, By Julian Baggini

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, By Julian Baggini

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

By Julian Baggini

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Language:                     English

ISBN 10:                                            0192804243 / 0-19-280424-3

                     ISBN 13:                      978-0192804242 / 978-0-19-280424-2

Author:                      Julian Baggini

Publisher:                       Oxford University Press

Subject:                         Atheism

Place of publication:       UK

Year Published:             2003

Binding:                         Paperback (pocket-sized)

Pages:                           136

Dimensions:                   17 x 11 x 1.2 cm / 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches

Shipping Weight:            120 gr / 4.2 ounces

Price:                             70 SEK



Atheism is often considered to be a negative, dark, and pessimistic belief which is characterised by a rejection of values and purpose and a fierce opposition to religion. Atheism: A Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral. It also confronts the failure of officially atheist states in the Twentieth Century. The book presents an intellectual case for atheism that rests as much upon positive arguments for its truth as on negative arguments against religion.

Full Description:

This addition to the Oxford University Press 'Very Short Introductions' series - a sparkling run of (almost) pocket-sized books presenting helpful entrees to over 100 subjects - sees Julian Baggini lay out the flesh and bones of atheism with astonishing clarity. In a brief space, Baggini, a veteran philosophic author and editor who has already written several solid books including Making Sense - Philosophy Behind The Headlines, describes a pet subject with intelligence and sympathy. Atheism, he points out, is not the militant anti-God stance it may perhaps seem, but a rationally described worldview that has arrived at its own set of conclusions in the same way as any other thought system. Typically practical in thought and language, Baggini's introduction to the subject is impressive not only for its scope but for its empathy: he points out the humanity of the position in gentle stages, travelling far away from his starting point of atheism as a mythic 'dark alternative' to Christianity or polytheism, without rancour or bombast. Its humanistic dignity becomes gradually clear as the book unravels with a beguiling technical perfection: the text moves us quickly through a dismantling of misconceived ideas about the subject to an easily understood potted primer on its more sophisticated 'real' forms, and culminates in a sympathetic display of the application of considerate atheism (interchangeable in Baggini's mind with humanism) to the business of being alive. In such a constricted space this is not far short of a miracle. Baggini's philosophical tools are clearly well sharpened through constant use and the language of rational argument flows naturally through this introduction to a sometimes difficult and controversial subject. If anyone can persuade you that atheism is not the delinquent child of Western belief systems, this man can. (Kirkus UK)

About the Author(s):

Julian Baggini is editor and co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine.

Table of Contents

1. What is atheism

2. The case for atheism

3. Atheist ethics

4. Purpose

5. History

6. Against Religion

7. Conclusion

Further Reading

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CHAPTER 3: Atheist ethics

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