Philosophy

Richard Dawkins the Philosopher

Feser meme

Ed Feser’s book, The Last Superstition, is one of the most exciting philosophical smack downs of the new atheist literature I have read. Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and others have been dishing out a hefty load of poorly argued literature denouncing any and all religion. These new atheists are wandering far outside of their field of expertise and speaking on things they know very little about.

Feser’s book is a forceful rebuttal to these arguments. Whether you are a believer, non-believer, or an agnostic, I highly recommend this book. For the believer, it is a breath of fresh air; a philosophy of common sense. For the non-believer, it will challenge your metaphysical assumptions and commitments. For the agnostic, well, it gives you some reasons to think that we can in fact know that God exists.

So check it out if you are interested in the discussion of God’s existence.


I posted the above meme of Richard Dawkins and Edward Feser on my Facebook page, and it got some rather interesting responses. The point of the meme was not to argue for the existence or non-existence of God, but to direct attention toward the fact that Dawkins and the other new atheists are rather poor philosophers. This is especially the case when it comes to metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. Dawkins is competent as a biologist, but he is not a very good philosopher.

Some may say that Feser has an obvious bias against the philosophical acumen of Dawkins because, well, Feser is a believer in God. Although I do not think Feser’s belief in God should matter when analyzing his criticisms of Dawkins’s argumentation, there is, however, another way I can make this point.

Can we find other atheist philosophers that are troubled by the arguments offered by Dawkins?

Yes. There are. Let me introduce you to one of them.

Michael Ruse is a philosopher, and also happens to be an atheist. Watch the video below to hear what he thinks of the philosophical prowess of Mr. Dawkins. Pay particular attention to the biting criticisms, for example, when he says that Dawkins makes him feel ashamed to be an atheist.

 

– Lucas G. Westman

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