Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | November 15, 2010

byRobin Le Poidevin

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What is agnosticism? Is it just the 'don't know' position on God, or is there more to it than this? Is it a belief, or merely the absence of belief? Who were the first to call themselves 'agnostics'? These are just some of the questions that Robin Le Poidevin considers in this Very Short Introduction. He sets the philosophical case for agnosticism and explores it as a historical and cultural phenomenon. What emerges is a much more sophisticated, and much more interesting, attitude than a simplefailure to either commit to, or reject, religious belief. Le Poidevin challenges some preconceptions and assumptions among both believers and non-atheists, and invites the reader to rethink their own position on the issues.

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What is agnosticism? Is it just the 'don't know' position on God, or is there more to it than this? Is it a belief, or merely the absence of belief? Who were the first to call themselves 'agnostics'? These are just some of the questions that Robin Le Poidevin considers in this Very Short Introduction. He sets the philosophical case for...

Robin Le Poidevin took a first degree in philosophy and psychology at Oxford University, and went on to postgraduate research at Cambridge University. He is now Professor of Metaphysics at Leeds Univeristy, and the author of a number of books and articles on metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. In 2007 he gave the Stanton Lectu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. What is agnosticism?2. Who were the first agnostics?3. Is agnosticism necessary?4. Why be agnostic?5. Does agnosticism rest on a mistake?6. How should the agnostic live?7. How should agnosticism be taught?References and further reading