Herman Philipse – Atheïstisch manifest en De onredelijkheid van religie. Voorwoord: Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Amsterdam: Bert Bakker (2004)

The main importance of this book lies in Herman Philipse’s introduction of a few helpful new philosophical concepts, as well as in what could be described as his logico-linguistic analysis of the choice, or rather: the dilemma between atheism and religion. Or, as you like, his meta-plea-for-atheism. ‘Meta’ because Philipse tries to exhaust all the possible defenses of religion by arguing that all those defenses either fall within the bounds of reason, or outside of those bounds. And that each of those positions is impossible to hold.

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