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Oxford Handbook of Atheism (Stephen Bullivant) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2014) 9780198745075
Oxford Handbook of Atheism (Stephen Bullivant) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2014) 9780198745075
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Title: Oxford Handbook of Atheism

Author: Bullivant, Stephen

Additional Authors or Contributors: Michael Ruse (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2014

Paperback; ISBN: 9780198745075

Volumes: 1; Pages: 736

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Recent books by, among others, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have thrust atheism firmly into the popular, media, and academic spotlight. This so-called New Atheism is arguably the most striking development in western socio-religious culture of the past decade or more. As such, it has spurred fertile (and often heated) discussions both within, and between, a diverse range of disciplines. Yet atheism, and the New Atheism, are by no means co-extensive. Interesting though it indeed is, the New Atheism is a single, historically and culturally specific manifestation of positive atheism (the that there is/are no God/s), which is itself but one form of a far deeper, broader, and more significant global phenomenon.

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism is a pioneering edited volume, exploring atheism - understood in the broad sense of "an absence of belief in the existence of a God or gods" - in all the richness and diversity of its historical and contemporary expressions. Bringing together an international team of established and emerging scholars, it probes the varied manifestations and implications of unbelief from an array of disciplinary perspectives (philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, demography, psychology, natural sciences, gender and sexuality studies, literary criticism, film studies, musicology) and in a range of global contexts (Western Europe, North America, post-communist Europe, the Islamic world, Japan, India). Both surveying and synthesizing previous work, and presenting the major fruits of innovative recent research, the handbook is set to be a landmark text for the study of atheism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Study of Atheism, Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse

1: Definitions and Debates

1. Defining Atheism, Stephen Bullivant

2. The Case against Atheism, T. J. Mawson

3. Critiques of Theistic Arguments, A. C. Grayling

4. Arguments for Atheism, Graham Oppy

5. Problems of Evil, Michael L. Peterson

6. Atheism and Morality, Erik J. Wielenberg

7. Atheism and the Meaningfulness of Life, Kimberly A. Blessing

8. Aquinas and Atheism, Brian Davies

2: History of (Western) Atheism

9. The Pre-Socratics to the Hellenistic Age, David Sedley

10. The Roman Empire to the End of the First Millennium, Mark Edwards

11. The Medieval Period, Dorothea Weltecke

12. Renaissance and Reformation, Denis Robichaud

13. The Age of Enlightenment, Alan Charles Kors

14. The (Long) Nineteenth Century, David Nash

15. The Twentieth Century, Callum Brown

16. New Atheism, Thomas Zenk

3: Worldviews and Systems

17. Humanism, Stephen Law

18. Existentialism, Alison Stone

19. Marxism, Peter Thompson

20. Analytic Philosophy, Charles Pigden

21. Jewish Atheism, Jacques Berlinerblau

22. Buddhism, Andrew Skilton

23. Jainism, Anne Vallely

24. Hinduism, Jessica Frazier

4: Atheism and the Natural Sciences

25. Naturalism and the Scientific Method, Michael Ruse

26. Atheism and the Rise of Science, Taner Edis

27. Atheism and Darwinism, David P. Barash

28. Atheism and the Physical Sciences, Victor J. Stenger

5: Atheism and the Social Sciences

29. Atheism and the Secularization Thesis, Frank L. Pasquale and Barry A. Kosmin

30. Psychology of Atheism, Miguel Farias

31. Atheism and Cognitive Science, Jonathan Lanman

32. Atheism and Societal Health, Phil Zuckerman

33. Atheism, Gender, and Sexuality, Melanie A. Brewster

34. Atheism, Health and Well-being, Karen Hwang

35. Conversion and Deconversion, Ralph W. Hood and Zhuo Chen

6: Global Expressions

36. A World of Atheism: Global Demographics, Ariela Keysar and Juhem Navarra-Rivera

37. Western Europe, Lois Lee

38. North America, Ryan T. Cragun, Joseph H. Hammer, Jesse M. Smith

39. Central and Eastern Europe, Irena Borowik, Branko Ančić, Radosław Tyrała

40. Islamic World, Samuli Schielke

41. India, Johannes Quack

42. Japan, Sarah Whylly

7: Atheism and the Arts

43. Literature, Bernard Schweizer

44. Visual Arts, J. Sage Elwell

45. Music, Paul Bertagnolli

46. Film, Nina Power

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