Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Oct 28, 2010 - Religion - 152 pages
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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 simple failure 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #248)

User Review  - Kathleen O'Neal - Goodreads

This book explores the reasons for choosing agnosticism as a philosophy separate from theism or atheism. It's interesting for its willingness to take agnosticism on its own terms as opposed to treating it as simply a way station between theism and atheism. Read full review

Review: Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #248)

User Review  - Ringo - Goodreads

I would say this is a great book talking about the fundamental question: whether the god exists? The evidences here are so great that it is worth reading for every person who has a religious question. Read full review

About the author (2010)

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 Lectures in the Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge.

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