Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 64 (8):818-829 (2021)
AbstractABSTRACT Atheists and agnostics have a vexed relationship. Atheists often regard agnostics as timid, or perhaps as disguised apologists. Agnostics often regard atheists as dogmatic hypocrites: they proclaim something on insufficient evidence, while accusing theists of this. This dynamic is familiar from the academic and popular literature. Here, I consider a more radical conflict between the two, based on Kripkean semantics for empty terms applied to atheism. Sorensen : 373–388) christened the Kripke-inspired formulation of atheism ‘Unicorn Atheism’ and argued from there to the incoherence of agnosticism. But, I argue, the objection fails and instead presents an opportunity to reformulate agnosticism. By appreciating the relevance of Kripkean semantics to the issue, a better understanding of the two positions, and their conflict, emerges.
Similar books and articles
The Problem with God: Why Atheists, True Believers, and Even Agnostics Must All Be Wrong.Peter Steinberger - 2013 - Columbia University Press.
Huxley and scientific agnosticism: the strange history of a failed rhetorical strategy.Bernard Lightman - 2002 - British Journal for the History of Science 35 (3):271-289.
Transparency, Photography, and the A-Theory of Time.Sim-Hui Tee - 2018 - Problemos 93:177-192.
Philosophical Issues in Agnosticism Since Hume and Kant.Timothy Fitzgerald - 1983 - Dissertation, University of London, King's College (United Kingdom)
Varieties of Unbelief: Atheists and Agnostics in English Society, 1850-1960.Susan Budd - 1977 - London: Heinemann Educational Books.
Critical Study of Michael Novak, No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers.Richard T. Mcclelland - 2008 - Philo 11 (2):203-226.
Must a Successful Argument Convert an Ideal Audience?Xingming Hu - 2017 - Argumentation 31 (1):165-177.
The Possibility of Agnosticism: Russell’s Retreat from Atheism.Michael D. Garral - 2012 - International Philosophical Quarterly 52 (3):355-371.
Varieties of unbelief: Atheists and agnostics in English Society 1850–1960: Susan Budd, New York: Holmes and Meier, 1977. Pp. 307. $23.00. [REVIEW]Angelo Caranfa - 1981 - History of European Ideas 2 (1):79-82.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Citations of this work
No citations found.
References found in this work
Higher Order Evidence.David Christensen - 2010 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 81 (1):185-215.
Belief is weak.John Hawthorne, Daniel Rothschild & Levi Spectre - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (5):1393-1404.