books about: skepticism
Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary
Kenneth W. Daniels, 2010
Persuasive, Humble and Elegant
I've read the similar books by John Loftus and Dan Barker. Those are good, too, but Ken Daniels' book is the only one I'd give without hesitation to a believing friend. Barker's otherwise excellent book suffers from a forward by Richard Dawkins that will cause the very people who most need to read the book to shut it before they reach page 1. Loftus' closely reasoned volume is at times too ...
Disarming the Secular Gods: How to Talk So Skeptics Will Listen
Peter C. Moore
An excellent defense
Instead of simply giving an answer (or alternative) to each of the modern philosophies, Moore instead considers the validity of each one and weighs the evidence accordingly. The book is more rightly titled "An Exposition of Modern Philosophy." His intention is to discredit popular philosophies, but not to discard them altogether. Instead he highlights to contributions of each, even if he ...
Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit
Jonathan C. Smith
Why Should I? Why Wouldn't You?
Dr. Smith's book is on "good common sense, everyday thinking at its best." (P.41) Wouldn't this world be a much better place if we all had a dose of good common sense? Indeed! Critical thinking on any subject should be mandatory for all students starting in high school. Just as they are required to take four years of math and science, students should be required to take a course in Critical ...
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (World of the Mind)
Agora Publications, Inc., 2004
Is God Knowable By Reason?
David Hume made a reputation by writing on reason and its limits. The main thrust of the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion is to question whether theological arguments for God that assign Him positive attributes (omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent, etc.) go beyond reason's limits in assigning these attributes. We watch Cleanthes (believer in theological arguments), Demea (believer more ...
Alternative Tradition: A Study of Unbelief in the Ancient World (Religion and Society)
James A. Thrower
Walter de Gruyter
About: The Alternative Tradition
A Sept. 20 00 review of: James Thrower: The Alternative Tradition. Religion and The Rejection Of Religion In The Ancient World. Moulton Publishers 1980 236 p. Most average people, with interests in points of contention about religion versus skeptics and science, will suppose that this arguementative give and take is a strictly post-Darwin modern times development. Not so. Thrower ...
Science or Pseudoscience: Magnetic Healing, Psychic Phenomena, and Other Heterodoxies
Henry H. Bauer
University of Illinois Press
How Much We Don't Yet Know!
To really grasp what is going on with Big Science and why there is such resistance to new ideas, you need a copy of Dr. Henry Bauer's Science or Pseudoscience: Magnetic Healing, Psychic Phenomena and Other Heterodoxies published this year by the University of Illinois Press. Henry H. Bauer, Dean Emeritus of Arts & Sciences, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Science Studies Virginia Polytechnic ...
Between Universalism and Skepticism: Ethics as Social Artifact
Oxford University Press, USA
Not exactly relativism
Philips' account of intuitionism shows its holes and explains why many of us are unsatisfied using it as a basis for ethics. From that point we move to a very rational and common sense way of dealing with ethics that has some basis in everyday life. ESA bases itself on a combination of social, biological and psychological needs to create things that are "Good" for humans and a way to judge values ...
Outlines of pyrrhonism
Published by H. Regnery Co. for The Great Books Foundation
Throw Away your Foucault, Derrida, Heiddegger, Etc.
This book explains a very thoughtful, rigorously worked out consideration of the following perplexing observation, which is one I think we all share: "I do not seem to know anything for certain." By having so carefully considered this issue, I believe that this ancient book represents a coherent and complete answer to the predicaments that modern skeptics so worry and strain themselves over; for ...
Knowing Darkness: Reflections on Skepticism, Melancholy, Friendship, and God
Addison Hodges Hart
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Knowing Darkness -- "Being Rescued from Distress"
"When the just cry out, the Lord hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them." Psalm 34. Well, maybe not. Addision H. Hart's "Knowing Darkness" addresses the interrelated themes of skepticism (intelligent critical sensibility), melancholy ("thoughtful sadness"), and the need for genuine friendship in one's spiritual life. While not strictly written for Catholics, from one ...
Dictionary Of Atheism, Skepticism, & Humanism
Humanist wit and wisdom
Bill Cooke has written a wonderful and insightful book which is much more than a reference book on humanism, atheism and skepticism. Cooke shows that there is a wealth of humanist insights in different cultures and times. The style of the book is marvellous: funny and witty: 'The ability to talk to oneself without feeling sliiy.' [prayer]. This book can (and should) be read cover to cover. You ...
Skeptoid 2: More Critical Analysis Of Pop Phenomena
Fun read and if you aren't careful, you just might learn something!
Brian Dunning comes through with another great book making the information he provides in his podcast accessible to people who still prefer "reading". The best part is that Brian is not too imposing, he allows you to make up your own mind while providing you with the tools to make a more informed decision. If you have ever heard a story about your neighbor's friend's cousin doing anything, this ...
Cold War Criticism and the Politics of Skepticism (Odeon)
Oxford University Press, USA
From the Cold War to the Culture Wars
This book is a fine exploration of the influence the cold war has had on literary criticism during the past fifty years. Siebers shows how apparent opposites (New Critics and Paul de Man, say) are strange bedfellows in that they all avoid genuine political engagements by insulating themselves with skepticism. Real politics, Siebers shows in his chapter on Hannah Arendt, is defined by costs. Well ...
Against the Musicians (Greek and Latin Music Theory)
University of Nebraska Press
I found this book enjoyable for a few different reasons: First, it is a good source for an introduction to the ancient school of Skepticism in western philosophy. Greaves gives a helpful synopsis of the main figures of this school and their methods, especially Sextus Empiricus. Second, you don't have to know Greek! Of course the book includes the Greek text and references that would profit ...
History of Scepticism from Erasmus to Spinoza
Richard H. Popkin
University of California Press
Superb! A Crucial Work on the History of Western Thought
This little book tells the story of the most important turning point in the history of Western thinking. That it is full of surprises, shows how widely misunderstood is the subject it treats. One of the most important things it demonstrates, without necessarily meaning to, is how radical skepticism has historically been an ally, rather than an enemy, of religion, and an enemy, rather than an ...
Crisis of Character: Building Corporate Reputation in the Age of Skepticism
Union Square Press
Skepticism and its Discontents
I'm recommending Peter Firestein's book, CRISIS OF CHARACTER -- Building Corporate Reputation in the Age of Skepticism, to all of my clients who face reputation issues. Filled with real-life examples and presented in down-to-earth fashion, this is a business book that's a pleasure to read. It's rare that prescriptive lessons imparted to businesspeople can be presented to a wider public without ...
From Toronto to Emmaus: The Empty Tomb and the Journey from Skepticism to Faith
James R. White
Solid Ground Christian Books
Overall, very enjoyable and well worth the wait.
This book was written as a counter to the claims made by Jacobovici et al with regard `The Lost Tomb of Jesus' film and its follow-up book `The Jesus Family Tomb'. Quite often it is the one with the loudest voice, drowning out all others, which tends to be the one that is heard. It doesn't mean it is the right voice though. I read a small portion of Dr. White's book before it was ...
The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion
Oxford University Press, USA, 2008
Essential reading for understanding Hume's Treatise
Hume's Treatise is his greatest work and, by far, the most difficult to understand. Published when he was still in his twenties, it is an overexuberant book. If you read the Treatise carefully, you are struck over and over again by the question, why does Hume cover this topic? Who exactly is he arguing against? What is his overall motivation? Russell's "Riddle of Hume's Treatise" offers a ...
Toward a New Enlightenment: The Philosophy of Paul Kurtz
What is Enlightenment?
This aptly titled work carries an idea (all thy titles thou hast given away), and an implied challenge. In a period when a postmodern traffic jam of formerly modern millies and New Age bedouins and their high-priced gurus have changed the course of history in favor of more exciting Spenglerian fare, the gesture of invoking a renewed project, toward a new Enlightenment, represents a brave effort ...
The Church Where People Laugh: A Treasury of Jokes, Quotations, Observations, and True Stories About ...
The Church Where People Laugh is a fun read, especially for UU's who don't take themselves too seriously. To keep this review in keeping with the spirit of the book, this volume will give you many good stories for coffee hour. Just be forewarned that as a UU, you're being asked to make fun of yourself in some of these jokes. A great collection, and a lot of fun.
Oxford University Press, USA
Does knowledge exclude luck?
In the first part of this excellent book Duncan Pritchard examines scepticism, closure for knowledge and contextualism. He discusses in detail three major anti-sceptical strategies, where the externalist versus internalist position is crucial. One major result is: our fallibilist everyday knowledge is consistent with sceptical alternatives not being known to be false. In the second part ...
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