Atheism and Morality, Guilt and Shame: Why the Moral Complacency of the New Atheism is a Mistake

Philosophical Investigations 40 (2):103-120 (2017)
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When it comes to morality, the New Atheists appear to think that their rejection of religion, except for the removal of fundamentalist distortions, changes nothing. We think that this is because they have not thought things through. Atheism might not be a threat to shame morality, but it is certainly a threat to guilt morality. Given that there are reasons to doubt the viability today of shame morality, we face a far greater problem if atheism triumphs than the New Atheists admit.

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Nishanathe Dahanayake
University of New England (Australia) (PhD)

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