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  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591026180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026181
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Edwards (1923–2004) was the author of Heidegger’s Confusions, Heidegger and Death, The Logic of Moral Discourse, and Reincarnation: A Critical Examination. He was also the editor of the monumental and highly acclaimed Encyclopedia of Philosophy, as well as Immortality. He taught for many years at Brooklyn College and the New School for Social Research.

Timothy J. Madigan (Rochester, NY) is an assistant professor of philosophy at St. John Fisher College and a member of the editorial board of Philosophy Now magazine. For many years he was editor of Free Inquiry magazine.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Omer Belsky on October 3, 2009
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Paul Edward's "God and the Philosophers" is a strange mix of philosophy, history, biography and autobiography. The project is seemingly straightforward: explore what various philosophers throughout the ages have thought about God. The end product is a more eccentric book: Edwards discusses a wide selection of thinkers (Strictly speaking not only philosophers but also personalities such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Thomas Jefferson), starting for some reason with the Muslim savant Averroes and progressing more-or-less chronologically until the late twentieth century, with a cast of almost exclusively dead white male philosophers. The focus is sometimes flamboyant - Edwards discards of Kierkgaard in two short paragraphs - and rarely does he consider the arguments in any detail. Edwards also includes biographical data of his subjects and discussions of their views on questions like immortality and democracy. Then he finishes it off with personal anecdotes from his own life.

I have previously read Edwards' Heidegger's Confusions, a strong attack on the German obfuscationist philosopher. I have enjoyed that book, and considered the attack to be devastating. Heidegger's apologists felt Edwards was distorting Heidegger's position - yet they all failed to explain what it actually was.

Nonetheless, I must admit that I come out of "God and the Philosophers" with some apprehension regarding Edwards' reportage of his targets' position. Several times, I felt Edwards' presented his opponents views in a less-than-ideal fashion.

See for example, Edwards' critique of Richard Rorty (pp. 248-249).
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