Believing in Dawkins

The New Spiritual Atheism

Authors: Steinhart, Eric

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  • Provides a detailed and accessible examination of the spiritual dimensions of Richard Dawkins' writings
  • Expands on Dawkins' work to show how atheists can develop powerful ethical principles and rich systems of symbols and images
  • Systematises and completes Dawkins' 'spiritual naturalism' and reveals how it is rooted in Platonism and Stoicism
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Dawkin's militant atheism is well known; his profound faith less well known

 

In this book, atheist philosopher Eric Steinhart explores the spiritual dimensions of Richard Dawkins’ books, which are shown to encompass:

·       the meaning and purpose of life

·       an appreciation of Platonic beauty and truth

·       a deep belief in the rationality of the universe

·       an aversion to both scientism and nihilism

 

As an atheist, Dawkins strives to develop a scientific alternative to theism, and while he declares that science is not a religion, he also proclaims it to be a spiritual enterprise. His books are filled with fragmentary sketches of this ‘spiritual atheism’, resembling a great unfinished cathedral. This book systematises and completes Dawkins’ arguments and reveals their deep roots in Stoicism and Platonism.

 

Expanding on Dawkins’ ideas, Steinhart shows how atheists can develop powerful ethical principles, compelling systems of symbols and images, and meaningful personal and social practices. Believing in Dawkins is a rigorous and potent entreaty for the use of science and reason to support spiritually rich and optimistic ways of thinking and living.

 



About the authors

Eric Steinhart received his Ph.D. from the University of Stony Brook, and is Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. He obtained his B.Sc. in Computer Science from Penn State. Some of his algorithms have been patented. He is the author of five books, including Your Digital Afterlives and the bestselling textbook More Precisely. He has published over fifty articles in philosophy and in computing, including work on Nietzsche, metaphor, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, metaphysics and religion. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-22

    Steinhart, Eric

  • Complexity

    Pages 23-62

    Steinhart, Eric

  • Reflexivity

    Pages 63-117

    Steinhart, Eric

  • Actuality

    Pages 119-155

    Steinhart, Eric

  • Cosmology

    Pages 157-188

    Steinhart, Eric

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Softcover 23,91 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Believing in Dawkins
Book Subtitle
The New Spiritual Atheism
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-43052-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-43052-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-43051-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 402
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
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