The Philosophy of Non-Belief
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Questions about how to negotiate belief and non-belief in social and public spheres are attracting an increasing amount of attention from academics in a range of disciplines, and from concerned members of the public. This volume addresses the emergence of ‘new atheism’ and the developing ‘spiritual but not religious’ phenomenon. Avoiding simplistic accounts of atheism, and of religious belief, it provides readers with insight into a wide range of nuances within theism and a-theism, as well as spiritual practice and faith. The chapters by an international panel of contributors focus on topics such as: a typology or cartography of atheisms and agnosticism; contrasting types of atheism within Christianity and Buddhism; questions about cognitive and doxastic stances in atheisms; theist rejections of and atheist embracing of ‘God’; atheist aesthetics. Reaching beyond the Christian tradition, the book will be of particular interest to scholars of the philosophy of religion, as well as religious studies and theology more generally.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Atheisms and the power to be confronted
Harriet A. Harris
1 A Quantum of Solace and a Heap of Doubt
2 Stepping Stone to Atheism?: The Instability of Agnosticism
Robin le Poidevin
3 A New Theist Meets Two Atheists
4 Can an Atheist Display Religiously Significant Attitudes
5 Doxastic and Nondoxastic Atheisms
6 Atheists and Idolaters: The Case of John Wren-Lewis (1923-2006)
7 How to Not think about God
8 Atheist Aesthetics: A Critical Response
9 Belief, Unbelief and Mystery
Appendix: Mapping Agnosticism: Comment inspired by Robin Le Poidevin’s "Stepping Stone to Atheism? The Instability of Agnosticism"
Harriet A. Harris is Head of the award-winning Chaplaincy at the University of Edinburgh, and the largest multi-faith and belief Service in a UK University.
Victoria S. Harrison is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Macau, China. Until 2016, she was Reader in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, where she was also Director of the Forum for Philosophy and Religion.