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Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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What is agnosticism? Is it a belief, or merely the absence of belief? Is it the result of too little thought about an issue--or too much? Who were the first to call themselves "agnostics"? Does agnosticism deserve serious consideration today? Can an agnostic live a religious life? What place should agnosticism have in education? These are just some of the questions that Robin Le Poidevin considers in this Very Short Introduction, as he sets the philosophical case for agnosticism and explores it as a historical and cultural phenomenon. Agnosticism emerges here as a much more sophisticated, and much more interesting, attitude than a simple failure to either commit to, or reject, religious belief. Le Poidevin challenges the common wisdom about agnosticism among both believers and atheists, and invites the reader to rethink their own position on the issues. Indeed, in arguing in favor of agnosticism as a respectable position to take, this stimulating and provocative guide takes issue on many points with the assertions of prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins.

About the Author

Robin Le Poidevin is Professor Metaphysics at Leeds University. In 2007 he gave the Stanton Lectures in the Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge.

Table of Contents

1. What is agnosticism?

2. Who were the first agnostics?

3. Is agnosticism necessary?

4. Why be agnostic? (I)

5. Why be agnostic? (II)

6. Is agnosticism possible?

7. Is agnosticism mistaken?

8. How should the agnostic live?

9. How should agnosticism be taught?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199575268
Author:
Le Poidevin, Robin
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Robin Le Poidevin
Author:
null, Robin
Author:
Le, Robin
Subject:
Agnosticism
Subject:
Theology
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Theology | Other Religions
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Other Religions
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Copyright:
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 b/w halftones
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
4.2 x 6.6 x 0.2 in 0.281 lb

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History and Social Science » World History » Oxford Very Short Introductions
Humanities » Philosophy » Atheism and Humanism
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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