Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism

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AuthorHouse, Feb 23, 2005 - Philosophy - 444 pages
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If God does not exist, then what does? Is there good and evil, and should we care? How do we know what’s true anyway? And can we make any sense of this universe, or our own lives? Sense and Goodness answers all these questions in lavish detail, without complex jargon. A complete worldview is presented and defended, covering every subject from knowledge to art, from metaphysics to morality, from theology to politics. Topics include free will, the nature of the universe, the meaning of life, and much more, arguing from scientific evidence that there is only a physical, natural world without gods or spirits, but that we can still live a life of love, meaning, and joy.

 

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The author did a very good job of building his case. He used logic and reason to demonstratrate that metaphysical naturalism is the only worldview that is supported by the evidence. Carrier also made ... Read full review

Contents

What This Is
3
How I Got Here
9
What It Is and Why You Should Care
23
Method
49
The Idea of a Worldview
65
The Nature and Origin of the Universe
71
The Fixed Universe and Freedom of the Will
97
What Everything is Made of
119
Seven Reasons to be Godless
253
Secular Humanism vs Christian Theism
293
Morality in Metaphysical Naturalism
313
Tying it AH Together
345
Beauty as Emotional Appraisal
351
Beauty in Human Life
361
Morality vs Politics
369
Basic Political Theory
375

The Nature of Mind
135
The Meaning of Life
161
The Nature of Reason
177
The Nature of Emotion
193
Not Much Place for the Paranormal
211
The Politics of Metaphysical Naturalism
381
My Politics
389
The Secular Humanists Heaven
405
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Dr. Richard Carrier is a philosopher and historian with a Ph.D. In ancient history from Columbia University. His work in history and philosophy had been published in Biology & Philosophy, The History Teacher, German Studies Review, The Skeptical Inquirer, Philo, The Encyclopedia of the Ancient World and more. He is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and emeritus Editor in Chief of the Secular Web, where he has long been one of their most frequently read authors. You can learn more about him and his work at www.richardcarrier.info.

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