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Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion

The Axiological Status of Theism and Other Worldviews

Authors: Lougheed, Kirk

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  • Provides an extended defense of anti-theism
  • Expands the current debate beyond monotheism and naturalism
  • Explores the axiological status of pantheism, ultimism and Buddhism
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This book explores the value impact that theist and other worldviews have on our world and its inhabitants. Providing an extended defense of anti-theism - the view that God’s existence would (or does) actually make the world worse in certain respects - Lougheed explores God’s impact on a broad range of concepts including privacy, understanding, dignity, and sacrifice. The second half of the book is dedicated to the expansion of the current debate beyond monotheism and naturalism, providing an analysis of the axiological status of other worldviews such as pantheism, ultimism, and Buddhism. 

 A lucid exploration of contemporary and relevant questions about the value impact of God’s existence, this book is an invaluable resource for scholars interested in axiological questions in the philosophy of religion. 

About the authors

Kirk Lougheed is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has published over 20 articles in the philosophy of religion and epistemology. He is editor of Four Views on the Axiology of Theism: What Difference Does God Make? (2020) and author of The Epistemic Benefits of Disagreement (2020).


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“This book makes a fine contribution to the literature on the axiology of theism. Part I provides a nice overview of the prior state of play. Part II shows that there is much more to say on behalf of anti-theism than many initially might have supposed. Part III makes an impressive start on the task of broadening the discussion to a wider range of worldviews--not merely theistic and naturalistic--and a more extensive set of issues, including, for example, questions about the axiology of authority and governance. I recommend this book to everyone interested in contemporary philosophy of religion.” 
Graham Oppy, Professor of Philosophy, Monash Univeristy, USA


“Over the last ten years the axiological status of theism has become a major research program in analytic philosophy of religion. The central issue is whether the world—or individuals in the world—would (might) be worse (better) off were it true that God exists. There are an extraordinary number of 'moving parts' in the discussion and Lougheed provides a lucid and valuable discussion of the main points at issue, including difficult questions about coherent philosophical methodology, ethics, the nature of value, and what constitutes a meaningful life. The Axiology of Theism offers a sustained and fascinating defense of a view called anti-theism: the view that God's existence would make the world overall worse. Lougheed adeptly addresses the most serious objections to anti-theism and provides a compelling set of arguments for the view. The book concludes with some much-needed discussion about traditional monotheistic assumptions and the value of moving the debate beyond these limitations.”
Michael Almeida, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at San Antonio 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Axiological Status of Theism and Other Worldviews
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
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
978-3-030-54820-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54820-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-54819-3
Series ISSN
2634-6176
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 279
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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