Category: ‘The Meaning of Belief’ (2017)

Tim Crane: Are False Beliefs Irrational?

Tim Crane, The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017), 149-150. I will say that someone can have a reason for believing something even if this belief is, in fact, not true. Pre-Copernican astronomers had reasons… Continue Reading “Tim Crane: Are False Beliefs Irrational?”

Tim Crane: Religion and Violence

Tim Crane, The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017), 123-124. Given the violence at the heart of the monotheistic religions, it is perhaps not surprising that critics of religion should see its propensity to cause violence… Continue Reading “Tim Crane: Religion and Violence”

Tim Crane: Atheism and Agnosticism Don’t Offer Positive Doctrines

Tim Crane, The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017), 20-21. Atheism and agnosticism are genuinely distinct positions. Neither of them, however, offers any positive substantial doctrines about what the world is like or how we… Continue Reading “Tim Crane: Atheism and Agnosticism Don’t Offer Positive Doctrines”