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Humanism and the death of God : searching for the good after Darwin, Marx, and Nietzsche

Author: Ronald E Osborn
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Karl Marx; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Charles Darwin; Karl Marx; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald E Osborn
ISBN: 0192510983 9780192510983 9780192510990 0192510991 9780191834479 0191834475
OCLC Number: 968905224
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Naturalism and nihilism --
Dignity after Darwin --
Rights after Marx --
Equality after Nietzsche --
Beyond humanism.
Responsibility: Ronald E. Osborn.

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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.

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