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Humanism and the Death of God: Searching for the Good After Darwin, Marx, and Nietzsche (Hardback)
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Humanism and the Death of God: Searching for the Good After Darwin, Marx, and Nietzsche (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 26/01/2017
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Humanism and the Death of God is a critical exploration of secular humanism and its discontents. Through close readings of three exemplary nineteenth-century philosophical naturalists or materialists, who perhaps more than anyone set the stage for our contemporary quandaries when it comes to questions of human nature and moral obligation, Ronald E. Osborn argues that "the death of God" ultimately tends toward the death of liberal understandings of the human as well. Any fully persuasive defense of humanistic values-including the core humanistic concepts of inviolable dignity, rights, and equality attaching to each individual-requires an essentially religious vision of personhood. Osborn shows such a vision is found in an especially dramatic and historically consequential way in the scandalous particularity of the Christian narrative of God becoming a human. He does not attempt to provide logical proofs for the central claims of Christian humanism along the lines some philosophers might demand. Instead, this study demonstrates how philosophical naturalism or materialism, and secular humanisms and anti-humanisms, might be persuasively read from the perspective of a classically orthodox Christian faith.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198792482
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 438 g
Dimensions: 223 x 143 x 21 mm


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The argument is simple, clearly written, broadly documented, and conceptually careful: the naturalism that converts scientific method into metaphysics cannot provide a theoretically cogent and compelling basis for our commitment to human rights, the dignity of every person, and equality. The case is often made in the words of Darwin, Marx, and Nietzsche themselves. The retelling from the "slave revolt in morality", retold from a biblical perspective, is stunning. * Merold Westphal, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Fordham University *

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