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Religions 2015, 6(3), 839-851; doi:10.3390/rel6030839

The New Secular Humanists: Ronald Dworkin and Philip Kitcher on Life without God

Philosophy Department, St. Olaf College, 1520 St. Olaf Ave, Northfield, MN 55057, USA
Academic Editor: Jonathan Hill
Received: 29 April 2015 / Revised: 6 July 2015 / Accepted: 7 July 2015 / Published: 17 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Horizons in the Philosophy of Religion)
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Ronald Dworkin and Philip Kitcher recognize that traditional, religious faith—especially in Christian theistic tradition—has virtues that seem to be missing in a secular worldview. To remedy this apparent deficit, they both propose that a secular worldview can provide a satisfying foundation for a flourishing, meaningful life. Moreover, Kitcher argues that secular humanism is far more justified than a religious worldview because it does not face the problem of diversity that arises in the case of religion. I argue that secular humanism faces the same problem of diversity that Kitcher proposes undermines religious belief. I further argue that Dworkin’s and Kitcher’s secular alternative to a religious worldview is problematic. View Full-Text
Keywords: Dworkin; Kitcher; religion; secularism; diversity; humanist; atheism; theism Dworkin; Kitcher; religion; secularism; diversity; humanist; atheism; theism
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Taliaferro, C. The New Secular Humanists: Ronald Dworkin and Philip Kitcher on Life without God. Religions 2015, 6, 839-851.

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