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Review: Life After Faith by Philip Kitcher

Kitcher jacketLife After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism by Philip Kitcher (Yale University Press, £16.99)

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We’ve had “New Atheism,” “New New Atheism,” and now Columbia philosophy professor Phillip Kitcher would like to propose a third alternative, “soft” atheism.

This subtle, careful and intellectually honest little book never quite makes the promised positive case for “secular humanism.” A more appropriate subtitle would be “secular humanism hasn’t got quite so many problems as you thought.” The reader is first taken through the now customary confession of appreciation…

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