18 17 16 15 14 13 12 Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Feser, Edward. The last superstition: a refutation of the new atheism / Edward. Well the book, called The Last Superstition: A Refutation Of The New Atheism, written by a philosopher named Edward Feser, arrived a few. Last Superstition, The. A Refutation of the New Atheism. Feser, Edward. The central contention of the “New Atheism” of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam.

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I’ll give an idea of where he’s coming from, and then move on to what I particularly agreed and disagreed with. Feser does not offer any defense of the Aristotelian four causes not offered by Erward himself and he does not make any attempt to address or even mention the arguments that have led subsequent thinkers to abandon this system for systems which place an emphasis on empirical observation, and material and efficient causes.

The Last Superstition – St. Augustine

He exposes the “gifted amateur” philosophies of popular writers, highlighting the need for greater supertition and study of philosophy in general. Faith is not emotional; it is rather an act of the will.

The exasperation is justifiable. Since this is only an assertion, no refutation is needed. Any one claim that is disproved results in the hypothesis or theory being invalid as it stands. Needless to say, Dawkins and Co. It is per the character customization of millions of video games. Amazon Drive Cloud feeser from Amazon. If the theorem is going to be proved, some other, airtight argument is going to have to be discovered.

How do we account for this relationship? As with actualities, forms come in a kind of hierarchy.

Naturalist Philosophy The Philosophy Corner. Stop with the blood sacrifice bullshit. My follow-up book Aquinas covers some of the same ground in a more traditionally academic and non-polemical style. They need not have existed, and have not always existed, even if they exist now. I found the discussion about Natural Law unconvincing when he tried to apply it to marriage and birth control.


For Plato seems to think if to know a thing requires knowing its Form, and to know any Fonn is just to know the perfect archetype of the thing – that which makes it a more or less good instance of the kind of thing it is – then to know any Fonn itself requires in turn knowing the Form of the Good by reference to which it counts as a perfect archetype.

Secular ideas are guaranteed consideration as long as the thinker presenting them possesses a minimum of argumentative and rhetorical ability. Nobody escapes this state.

I was excited at the beginning because of the conviction in Feser’s words that he would definitively demolish the atheist position. The obvious answer is that the heat was needed to actualize it. New Proofs for the Existence of God: For Aristotle, universals or forms are real, and they are not reducible to anything either material or mental.

But for the form to exist in a certain material thing fseer just for that material thing to be the kind of thing the form is a form of; for example, for the form of ‘dogness’ to exist in a certain parcel of matter is just for that parcel of matter to be a dog. Complex inorganic systems C.

The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism

Hence animality cannot be said to exist as a substance or thing in its own right; that is to say, it cannot be said to be a Platonic Form.

Professor Feser offers us a third approach, one that is far more effective in defeating the New Atheism. A free online version of that book can be read at: And the empirical starting points are always so general that there is no serious doubt of their truth: Having to trod through The God Delusion, the benefits of getting inside the head of Dawkins was useful in trying to formulate where he was coming from.


The book is subtitled “A Refutation of the New Atheism”, but Feser can’t be bothered addressing, or even quoting, the claims made by the “New Atheist” authors whom he quotes. I hope you enjoy the book.

The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism by Edward Feser

DAV on 5 August suprrstition 9: For there could be an immaterial thing that manifests potentiality insofar as it comes into existence at some point in time thereby going from potential existence to actual existence. Admittedly, this might seem odd considering that secularists think of themselves, of course, as rejecting all religion.

Then Achilles, however fast he is, can never outran the tortoise. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Thomas, I found the second chapter very valuable. I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. Furthermore, while to be a material thing is always to have potentialities of various sorts, for a thing to have potentiality does not necessarily entail tne being a material object. Should Feser call Dawkins a jackass or similar even if Dawkins is demonstrably one?

So much for lawt science.

Mathematical truths in general are necessary and unalterable, while the material world and the human mind are contingent and changing.