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The joy of secularism : 11 essays for how we live now

Author: George Levine
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
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From the publisher. Can secularism offer us moral, aesthetic, and spiritual satisfaction? Or does the secular view simply affirm a dog-eat-dog universe? At a time when the issues of religion, evolution, atheism, fundamentalism, Darwin, and science fill headlines and invoke controversy, The Joy of Secularism provides a balanced and thoughtful approach for understanding an enlightened, sympathetic, and relevant  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Levine
ISBN: 9780691149103 0691149100
OCLC Number: 634741734
Description: xii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / George Levine --
Challenges for secularism / Philip Kitcher --
Disenchantment-reenchantment / Charles Taylor --
Enchantment? no, thank you! / Bruce Robbins --
Shock therapy, dramatization, and practical wisdom / William E. Connolly --
Freud's helplessness / Adam Phillips --
A secular wonder / Paolo Costa --
Prehuman foundations of morality / Frans B.M. de Waal --
The truth is sacred / David Sloan Wilson --
Darwinian enchantment / Robert J. Richards --
The wetfooted understory : Darwinian immersions / Rebecca Stott.
Responsibility: edited by George Levine.

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Provides a balanced approach for understanding an enlightened, sympathetic, and relevant secularism for our lives. From various perspectives - philosophy, evolutionary biology, primate study,  Read more...

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One of The New Yorker's Reviewer's Favorites of 2011 "[T]he book valuably works over middle ground, the space vacated by both dogmatic religionists and dogmatic atheists. It is tolerant of, and even Read more...

 
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