Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe
By (author) Erik J. Wielenberg
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Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe by Erik J. Wielenberg
Book DescriptionSuppose there is no God. This might imply that human life is meaningless, that there are no moral obligations and hence people can do whatever they want, and that the notions of virtue and vice and good and evil have no place. Erik J. Wielenberg believes this view to be mistaken and in this book he explains why. He argues that even if God does not exist, human life can have meaning, we do have moral obligations, and virtue is possible. Naturally, the author sees virtue in a Godless universe as different from virtue in a Christian universe, and he develops naturalistic accounts of humility, charity, and hope. The moral landscape in a Godless universe is different from the moral landscape in a Christian universe, but it does indeed exist. Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe is a tour of some of the central landmarks of this under-explored territory.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521845656
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Theory of the Absolute, Hardback (September 2014)
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Thinking About Religion, Hardback (April 2014)
Thinking about Religion examines cutting-edge breakthroughs from across the sciences concluding that religion persists because the mind is primed for faith, ready to grasp and fiercely defend beliefs that make sense but defy logic.
Your Digital Afterlives, Hardback (February 2014)» View all books by Erik J. Wielenberg
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Author Biography - Erik J. Wielenberg
Erik J. Wielenberg is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePauw University, Indiana. He has written articles in such journals as Religious Studies, Faith and Philosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese, and Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy. He has given lectures at a variety of professional conferences, including meetings of the American Philosophical Association and the Society of Christian Philosophers.
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