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Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199575268

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¥1,628
Author: 
Robin Le Poidevin
Pages
152 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
114 x 173 mm
Pub date
Oct 2010
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • Challenges the conception of agnosticism, arguing that it is a respectable position to take
  • Argues that agnosticism is not confined to the religious sphere, but something we encounter in science and ethics
  • Considers agnosticism as a historical and social phenomenon, introducing both the ideas and the people involved
  • Examines some of the fundamental questions surrounding the subject

  
What is agnosticism? Is it just the 'don't know' position on God, or is there more to it than this? Is it a belief, or merely the absence of belief? Who were the first to call themselves 'agnostics'? 
 
These are just some of the questions that Robin Le Poidevin considers in this Very Short Introduction. He sets the philosophical case for agnosticism and explores it as a historical and cultural phenomenon. What emerges is a much more sophisticated, and much more interesting, attitude than a simple failure to either commit to, or reject, religious belief. Le Poidevin challenges some preconceptions and assumptions among both believers and non-atheists, and invites the reader to rethink their own position on the issues.

Index: 

1: What is agnosticism?
2: Who were the first agnostics?
3: Is agnosticism necessary?
4: Why be agnostic?
5: Does agnosticism rest on a mistake?
6: How should the agnostic live?
7: How should agnosticism be taught?
References and further reading

About the author: 

Robin Le Poidevin took a first degree in philosophy and psychology at Oxford University, and went on to postgraduate research at Cambridge University. He is now Professor Metaphysics at Leeds Univeristy, and the author of a number of books and articles on metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. In 2007 he gave the Stanton Lectures in the Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge.

What is agnosticism? Is it just the 'don't know' position on God, or is there more to it than this? Is it a belief, or merely the absence of belief? Who were the first to call themselves 'agnostics'? These are just some of the questions that Robin Le Poidevin considers in this Very Short Introduction. He sets the philosophical case for agnosticism and explores it as a historical and cultural phenomenon. What emerges is a much more sophisticated, and much more interesting, attitude than a simple failure to either commit to, or reject, religious belief. Le Poidevin challenges some preconceptions and assumptions among both believers and non-atheists, and invites the reader to rethink their own position on the issues.
 
Agnosticism

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