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The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality Hardcover – December 27, 2007

4.4 out of 5 stars 78 ratings

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Starred Review. At first blush atheist spirituality may sound like a contradiction in terms, but French philosopher Comte-Sponville makes a compelling argument for a profound dimension of experience that is god-free. His idea of spirituality also bears no small resemblance to Eastern spirituality, and the philosopher-author does not hesitate to cite great Eastern thinkers in this catalogue of references to great minds grappling with important questions. We can do without religion and without God, the author argues, but we can't do without fidelity and community. Comte-Sponville's humanism is deeply traditional, but the red flag atheist will undoubtedly affront religious traditionalists. That's unfortunate, because the author's style of arguing is civil and witty, unlike a lot of public discourse on this subject. He draws deeply on the history of philosophers who have pronounced on the subject of God's existence, disposing of the everything-is-permitted nihilism often associated with atheism. Nor does he argue that religion is dangerous, a stance in vogue among today's bestselling atheists. God just isn't logically necessary, but we can still have love, ethical behavior and even the experience of eternity. Formerly a Sorbonne professor, Comte-Sponville presents big ideas with masterful and witty clarity. For those who prefer Kant to cant, this refreshing little book is perfect. (Dec. 31)
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About the Author

André Comte-Sponville is one of France’s preeminent contemporary philosophers. Previously a professor at the Sorbonne, he is the author of A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues, an international bestseller that has been translated into twenty-five languages.

Andre Comte-Sponville is one of France's preeminent contemporary philosophers and a previous professor at the Sorbonne.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0670018473
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0670018475
  • Product Dimensions : 5.32 x 0.93 x 7.26 inches
  • Publisher : Viking Adult; 1st Edition (December 27, 2007)
  • Reading level : 18 and up
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 78 ratings