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The Cambridge Companion to Atheism

The Cambridge Companion to Atheism

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Jan Bremmer, Gavin Hyman, Phil Zuckerman, William Lane Craig, Richard Gale, Keith Parsons, Evans Fales, Daniel Dennett, David Brink, Andrea Weisberger, Quentin Smith, Patrick Grim, Michael Martin, Christine Overall, Steven Gey, John Caputo, Stewart Guthrie, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi
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  • Date Published: October 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521842709

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  • In this 2007 volume, eighteen of the world's leading scholars present original essays on various aspects of atheism: its history, both ancient and modern, defense and implications. The topic is examined in terms of its implications for a wide range of disciplines including philosophy, religion, feminism, postmodernism, sociology and psychology. In its defense, both classical and contemporary theistic arguments are criticized, and, the argument from evil, and impossibility arguments, along with a non religious basis for morality are defended. These essays give a broad understanding of atheism and a lucid introduction to this controversial topic.

    • All original essays designed to give a broad understanding of atheism and a lucid introduction to this controversial topic
    • Essays relevant to both philosophy and religion
    • Written by leading experts in their fields
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    "This timely volume appears in the midst of what many see as a resurgence of interest in and enthusiasm for atheism, a resurgence that may result from a reaction to resurgent religious fundamentalism at home and abroad[...]the book does contain some resources that scholars will find valuable, and its introductory-level approach is appropriate given the book's aims."
    -Stephen Maitzen, Acadia University, Social Theory and Practice

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    • Date Published: October 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521842709
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Background:
    1. Atheism in antiquity Jan Bremmer
    2. Atheism in modern history Gavin Hyman
    3. Atheism: contemporary rates and contemporary patterns Phil Zuckerman
    Part II. The Case Against Theism:
    4. Theistic critiques of atheism William Lane Craig
    5. The failure of classical theistic arguments Richard Gale
    6. Some contemporary theistic arguments Keith Parsons
    7. Naturalism and physicalism Evans Fales
    8. Atheism and evolution Daniel Dennett
    9. The autonomy of ethics David Brink
    10. The argument from evil Andrea Weisberger
    11. Kalam Cosmological argument for atheism Quentin Smith
    12. Impossibility arguments Patrick Grim
    III. Implications:
    13. Atheism and religion Michael Martin
    14. Feminism and atheism Christine Overall
    15. Atheism and the freedom of religion Steven Gey
    16. Atheism, a theology and the postmodern condition John Caputo
    17. Anthropological theories of religion Stewart Guthrie
    18. Atheists: a psychological profile Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi.

  • Editor

    Michael Martin, Boston University
    Michael Martin is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Boston University. He is the author of over 150 articles and reviews as well as several books including Atheism, Morality and Meaning, The Impossibilty of God with Ricki Monnier and Atheism: A Philosophical Justification.

    Contributors

    Jan Bremmer, Gavin Hyman, Phil Zuckerman, William Lane Craig, Richard Gale, Keith Parsons, Evans Fales, Daniel Dennett, David Brink, Andrea Weisberger, Quentin Smith, Patrick Grim, Michael Martin, Christine Overall, Steven Gey, John Caputo, Stewart Guthrie, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi

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