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The Age of Enlightenment  

Alan Charles Kors

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
This article discusses the meanings, origin, context, scope, and central intellectual claims of atheism in the Age of the European Enlightenment. It emphasizes debates about proofs of the ... More

Analytic Philosophy  

Charles Pigden

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
Most analytic philosophers are atheists, but is there a deep connection between analytic philosophy and atheism? The paper argues (a) that the founding fathers of analytic philosophy were ... More

Aquinas and Atheism  

Brian Davies

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
This essay aims to explain what Aquinas does and does not mean when using the word ‘God’. It also tries to explain why Aquinas thinks it reasonable to conclude that God exists and how ... More

Arguments for Atheism  

Graham Oppy

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
This essay distinguishes three kinds of arguments for atheism: direct; indirect; and comparative. The article begins with a quick survey of direct arguments, and argues that the prospects ... More

Atheism and Cognitive Science  

Jonathan Lanman

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
The findings of the cognitive sciences enrich our understanding of atheism by providing a more nuanced and empirically grounded concept of ‘belief’ and by problematizing psychological ... More

Atheism and Darwinism  

David P. Barash

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
Although evolution by natural selection does not necessarily disprove the existence of God (thus, it does not ‘prove’ the validity of atheism), it negates two of the more potent ... More

Atheism and Morality  

Erik J. Wielenberg

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
This essay addresses two popular worries about morality in an atheistic context. The first is a psychological or sociological one: the worry that unbelief makes one more disposed to act ... More

Atheism and Societal Health  

Phil Zuckerman

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
This article examines the strong correlation that currently exists between high levels of secularity in a given society positive societal well-being. By looking at the most and least ... More

Atheism and the Meaningfulness of Life  

Kimberly A. Blessing

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
Both theists and atheists have attempted to show that their opponent’s orientation towards religion prevents them from living truly meaningful lives. But exclusivists on both sides are ... More

Atheism and the Physical Sciences  

Victor J. Stenger

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
While belief in gods was almost universal in the ancient world, Thales of Miletus introduced the notion that observed phenomena could be explained in natural terms without invoking ... More

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