18 17 16 15 14 13 12 Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Feser, Edward. The last superstition: a refutation of the new atheism / Edward. Well the book, called The Last Superstition: A Refutation Of The New Atheism, written by a philosopher named Edward Feser, arrived a few. Last Superstition, The. A Refutation of the New Atheism. Feser, Edward. The central contention of the “New Atheism” of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam.
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These matters are not complex intellectual matters. I’ve added a star for the chapters that give an overview of Plato’s, Aristotle’s, and Aquinas’s ideas.
Moving beyond the pointless and point-missing dispute between “Intelligent Design” advocates and Darwinians, The Last Superstition holds that the key to understanding the follies of the New Atheism lies not in quibbles over the evolutionary origins of this or that biological organ, but in a rethinking of the philosophical presuppositions of scientific method itself back to first principles. Jul 09, Quentin Crisp rated it liked it.
Like listening to my cranky friends! For Plato seems to think if to know a thing requires knowing its Form, and to know any Fonn is just to know the perfect archetype of the thing – that which makes it a more or less good instance of the kind of thing it is – then to know any Fonn itself requires in turn knowing the Form of the Good by reference to which it counts as a perfect archetype.
So, while certain elements of Aristotle were abandoned, it is false to say it was abandoned completely. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a divine foot in the door. They contemplate and act on their goals, give their reasons for doing things, explain to their children what this or that body part is for.
As with Keynes if the facts change opinions will change, but most atheists are are simply unconvinced that any of the current legends, myths and Holy Books which claim to provide insights into a supernatural entity seemingly obsessed with the dietary and social bonding behaviours of one tiny proportion of the universe.
The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism by Edward Feser
If he goes back down into the cave and reveals what he has discovered, the other cave dwellers will think he is mad, and indeed will be unable to understand him.
Hope not, for two reasons.
edwar That they do indeed constitute a reductio ad absurdum – a set of manifest falsehoods that refute the premises that led to them – is, as feseer will see by the end of this book, beyond reasonable doubt. Does Plato think of it as God? What Feser shows is that most people never realize that God exists simply because nobody has called their attention to the relevant premises in metaphysics, or their implications.
A vast majority a near unanimity, in fact of all educated men held that the existence of God was well-established.
And supersttition pages of content, the book isn’t too long. It affords a sense of identity and meaning to those beholden to it, a metaphysics to interpret the world by and a value system to live by, even if all of this is little more than a negation of the sort of metaphysics and morality associated with religion: Feser is on the fast track as a popularizer of Aristotle and maybe shedding new light on Aquinas, I hear the rumor mill say.
And this is precisely why causation has become such a problem for modem thinkers. As it happens, on the classical teleological picture, the existence of God, the immortality of the soul, and the natural-law conception of morality are rationally unavoidable. But there is more to it than this. Any one claim that is disproved results in the hypothesis or theory being invalid as it stands.
But then, anti-communists were often accused by their critics usually unjustly, but superstiiton that pass of having become, in their overzealousness, the very thing they hated. But it cannot be changed into an armadillo.
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I started reading his blog and found myself confused. By succinctly providing this history, Feser is providing a service to all those who have forgotten, or never truly knew what are the main features of an Supertsition philosophy. Science also makes use of mathematical formulations, and since as noted above mathematics concerns a realm of abstract edwaed, to accept the results of science thus commits one to accept that there are such abstract objects.
The blue rubber ball remains a rubber ball even after it is painted red because it retains the form of a rubber ball; and even when, as a result of melting, the ball goes out of existence and becomes a puddle of goo, the rubber itself persists through this superstitioj. Hence, since the angel is said to be in one place by the fact that his power touches the place immediately by way of a perfect container, as was said Q.
Secular ideas are guaranteed consideration as long as the thinker presenting them possesses frser minimum of argumentative and rhetorical ability.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, really. I know atheists who go to atheists meetings each Sunday. Take this polemic’s popularity as a cultural expression of frustration. We can’t be like the nun with big feet. Then it would be impossible for us ever to communicate. But because this bad metaphysics is held by him more or less unconsciously, he has been able very effectively to propagate it by insinuation rather than argument to countless readers, and to remain blissfully unaware that there is any serious alternative to it.
I also gave the functions of bodily organs as an example, and it is indeed the most obvious and compelling sort of example to give. Though he would scarcely have thought it possible, Chesterton would find that New Secularist Man circa is an even more absurd creature than the incarnation with which he had to deal: Hence Aquinas argues that, given that we observe things that exist, undergo change, and exhibit final causes, there necessarily must be a God who maintains them in superstitkon at every instant.
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For there could be an immaterial thing that manifests potentiality insofar as it comes into existence at some point in time thereby going from potential existence to actual existence.
Feser’s thesis is that the abandonment of Aristotelian formal and final causes during the European enlightenment was not based on scientific, but on political motives, and that the changed metaphysics have created a subliminal ideology that has brought about the moral, social and philosophical decline of the west. It is technical and written with both rigour and vigourbut Feser wants to reach as general an audience as is possible for such technical material.
His treatment of the problem of evil is absurd. Most educated people are familiar with this argument. But as Edward Feser argues in The Last Superstitionin fact there is not, and never has been, any war between science and religion at all.