The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism

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St. Augustine's Press, 2008 - Religion - 299 pages
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But as Edward Feser shows in The Last Superstition , there is not , and never has been, any war between science and religion at all. There has instead been a conflict between two entirely philosophical worldviews: the classical "teleological vision" of Plato, Artistotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, on which purpose or goal-directedness is as inherent a feature of the material world as mass or electric charge; and the modern "mechanical" vision of Descartees, Hobbes, Locke, and Hume, according to which physical reality is comprised of nothing more than purposeless, meaningless particles in motion.

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The revival of Aristotelian-Thomistic metaphysics - the realism that gave rise to science is essential today. Feser shows this by example with various reductio ad absurdums like Eliminative ... Read full review

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This book is a provocative, lively, intelligent and informative development of the author's contention that modern philosophy took a wrong turn by rejecting Aristotle's concepts of formal, material, efficient and final causation.
On the downside: his insistence on claiming a correct understanding of philosophy supports off-putting, right-wing conservative conclusions such as that abortion is never justifiable and that any sexual activity that cannot result in procreation is immoral.
 

Contents

Bad Religion
1
Greeks Bearing Gifts
27
Getting Medieval
74
Copyright

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Edward Feser is associate professor of philosophy at Pasadena City College. His most recent books include Aquinas and The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism.

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