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Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Julian Baggini

August 2021

ISBN: 9780198856795

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

In this book, Julian Baggini explores the arguments for atheism, and dispels some common myths, explaining how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral. This new edition discusses the recent flowering of 'New Atheism' and considers the position of atheism in society today.

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In this book, Julian Baggini explores the arguments for atheism, and dispels some common myths, explaining how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral. This new edition discusses the recent flowering of 'New Atheism' and considers the position of atheism in society today.

  • Discusses the nature of atheism, arguing that it is more than a rejection of theism
  • Explores the roles of meaning and morality in a world without God
  • Includes a new chapter covering the impact and legacy of twenty first century 'New Atheism'
  • Explores the position of atheists in today's world
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions - over ten million copies sold worldwide

New to this edition

  • Includes a new chapter covering the impact and legacy of twenty first century 'New Atheism'
  • Includes a discussion of atheism in East Asian History
  • Discusses the differences between Atheism and Agnosticism

About the Author(s)

Julian Baggini, Academic Director, Royal Institute of Philosophy

Julian Baggini is the author, co-author, or editor of over 20 books. He regularly writes for national and international newspapers and magazines, and has produced reports for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos, and Counterpoint. Baggini has been Academic Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy since 2019. He is the co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine, which he edited from 1997-2010. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent, which also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 2018.

Table of Contents

    1:What is Atheism?
    2:The case for atheism
    3:Atheist ethics
    4:Meaning and purpose
    5:Atheism in history
    6:Beyond the Atheism
    7:Conclusion
    Further reading
    Index