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Religion And Morality (Ashgate Philosophy of Religion Series)

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ISBN-10: 0754616312
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'This book is careful and lucid in its presentation and assessment of arguments on religion and morality. It is also well organized...Highly recommended.' Choice 'Insofar as the book critically presents the views of important thinkers within traditions familiar to the author, it is a rich source of insight... a scholarly appraisal... Philosophers of religion, ethicists, academics in this field and readers of general philosophy will all find this book to be valuable reading.' Science and Theology News 'Wainwright writes critically yet sympathetically about the relation between morality and religious belief and brings an admirable nuance and judiciousness to some hotly debated issues.' Conversations in Religion and Theology 'Bill Wainwright has written a penetrating and well-organized examination of the relation between religion and morality. It is a work that will be especially appreciated by analytic philosophers of religion because of the careful parsing of various positions, objections to those, and possible replies to objections. The writing is clear, and the arguments stack up higher and higher.' International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 'All-in-all, Wainwright is to be commended for producing such a lucid, comprehensive, and philosophically sohisticated book. It should be on the 'must-read' list of anyone with a serious interest in the philosophy of religion.' Philosophy in Review-Comptes rendus philosophiques 'In the entanglement of possible relationships obtaining between religion and morality, Wainwright's work remains both a tour d'history of positions on offer and a tour d' force of philosophical acumen with analytical methodology. As such, conceptually speaking, Wainwright's work is must-reading for philosophers trying to tackle crucial dimensions which have far too long been neglected or underdeveloped.' Philsophical Investigations 'Wainwright is to be commended for producing such a lucid, comprehensive and philosophically sophisticated book. It should be on the 'must-read' list of anyone with a serious interest in the philosophy of religion.' Philosophy in Review ' William J. Wainwright is a respected, erudite philosopher of religion from the analytic tradition, and so it is no surprise that his Religion and Morality is a thorough, thoughtful, and generally rigorous and fair-minded discussion, from a theistic perspective, of the relationship between religion and morality. ' The Secular Web --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

William Wainwright, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Ashgate Philosophy of Religion Series
  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Ltd (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754616312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754616313
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,902,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first read William Wainwright's work in GOD AND THE PHILOSOPHERS, which is an anthology that just blew me away, and it's notable that in a collection of great work his article stood out (along with Peter Van Inwagen's QUAM DILECTA). Wainwright's paper so piqued my interest I decided I had to get more. This was the first real book by him I've read since then and let me say it did not disappoint. It is well-written, cogent, the analyses were informative and detailed (but not so detailed they'd put you to sleep) and the arguments rigorous, clear and cogent.

The first section I found to be the most interesting. Wainwright is a top notch Kant scholar, and you can see he has a passion for the man's work when he discusses Kant's argument for the existence of God. The arguments are so clear, so simple, and he defends them so well, I'm almost tempted to write in the margins 'QED'. I really thought Wainwright shed new light on this subject, and pulled effectively from other scholars who have done work on it. The same is true of his analysis of the argument from the phenomenology of conscience. His presentation, his analysis of possible objections and his counter-arguments are like water, this way truth lies. When the conceptual connections are so clear, and the arguments simple and direct, you just 'see' it. The section on the objectivity of value is a little less clear, the writing doesn't flow AS naturally, but the concluding section even of that chapter is pretty good. He ties it all together with a simple and direct argument from the content of the moral life to the conclusion God exists. Heck, the price of the book was worth just the first section of the book.

I thought the work on Divine command was less impressive.
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