Humanism and the Death of God: Searching for the Good After Darwin, Marx, and Nietzsche

New York, New York: Oxford University Press UK (2017)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Humanism and the Death of God is a critical exploration of secular humanism and its discontents. Through close readings of three exemplary nineteenth-century philosophical naturalists or materialists, who perhaps more than anyone set the stage for our contemporary quandaries when it comes to questions of human nature and moral obligation, Ronald E. Osborn argues that "the death of God" ultimately tends toward the death of liberal understandings of the human as well. Any fully persuasive defense of humanistic values--including the core humanistic concepts of inviolable dignity, rights, and equality attaching to each individual--requires an essentially religious vision of personhood. Osborn shows such a vision is found in an especially dramatic and historically consequential way in the scandalous particularity of the Christian narrative of God becoming a human. He does not attempt to provide logical proofs for the central claims of Christian humanism along the lines some philosophers might demand. Instead, this study demonstrates how philosophical naturalism or materialism, and secular humanisms and anti-humanisms, might be persuasively read from the perspective of a classically orthodox Christian faith.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,391

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

A Defense Of Humanism.Wang Ruoshui - 1985 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 16 (3):71-88.
Christology and Anti‐Humanism.Aaron Riches - 2013 - Modern Theology 29 (3):311-337.
Nietzsche’s challenge to humanism.Brian Thomas - 2011 - Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 19 (1):13-40.
A Born Again Humanist.Joseph J. Locascio - 2014 - Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 22 (1):109-118.
Humanism: An Introduction.Jim Herrick - 2003 - Prometheus Books.
On Having Your Marx and Deconstructing Him Too.Frank G. Verges - 1985 - Philosophy Research Archives 11:589-610.
Humanism Reconsidered, or: Life Living Life.Frank Ruda - 2009 - Filozofski Vestnik 30 (2).

Analytics

Added to PP
2016-05-31

Downloads
3 (#1,315,376)

6 months
1 (#451,971)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Moral arguments for the existence of God.Peter Byrne - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Moral arguments for the existence of God.Peter rne - 2010 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references