Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction
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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - aront - LibraryThing
I was surprised and delighted to find this book in “The Very Short Introduction” Most of the series I’ve read thus far, are historical surveys of a specific topic, some e cell Et, some terrible. This ... Read full review
List of Illustrations
Chapter 1What is agnosticism?
Chapter 2Who were the first agnostics?
Chapter 3Is agnosticism necessary?
Chapter 4Why be agnostic?
Other editions - View all
A. J. Ayer agnostic agnostic principle answer Anthony Kenny appear argument assertions attitude Chapter Christian commitment completely concerned conclusion contrast criterion David Hume debate default position divine doubt dragon emotions Ethics evidence explanation fact faith feelings fiction fine-tuning God Delusion God’s existence Graham Priest Henry Longueville Mansel human Hume’s hypothesis idea improbable initial probability intelligence James’s John judgement justified Kant knowledge live logical logical positivism London look Mansel matter Metaphysical Michael moral agnostic moral conscience natural selection object observation one’s Oxford University Press perceive perhaps possible presumption of atheism prior probability pursue truth Pyrrho question reason religious belief religious experiences response result Richard Dawkins sceptic scientific seems sense Sextus Sextus Empiricus shifts the probabilities Short Introduction simply strong agnosticism teapot theist and atheist theology theory there’s things Thomas Henry Huxley thought ultimate uncertainty wager weak agnosticism