April 1, 2011

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The post you are reading is years old and may not represent my current views. I started blogging around the time I first began to study philosophy, age 17. In my view, the point of philosophy is to expose our beliefs to rational scrutiny so we can revise them and get better beliefs that are more likely to be true. That's what I've been up to all these years, and this blog has been part of that process. For my latest thoughts, please see the front page.

Concluding Remarks on Sobel's Logic and Theism

Having finished my series of discussions on Jordan Howard Sobel's Logic and Theism, I thought I should post some concluding thoughts. The parts of Sobel's book I found most interesting were his discussions of a variety of ontological and cosmological arguments for the existence of God. His book is quite thorough (as it should be, given its length) and, in general, I think his evaluations are careful and fair. I, of course, have found plenty of occasions to disagree with him. However, I found his discussions consistently interesting and well-informed, and never simply dismissive of opponents. He chooses his opponents well, and takes their arguments seriously.

The main flaw of Sobel's book, in my opinion, is that he can't decide whether he is writing a textbook or a monograph. As a result, the level of philosophical competence and background he assumes varies widely from one portion of the book to another. Still, I think this would be an excellent text for an advanced introduction to philosophy of religion. It begins with a helpful discussion of the foundational question of what is at stake in debates about belief in God, then proceeds to survey and evaluate the main arguments on both sides of the question. This is done with rigor, precision, and fairness. Sobel also finds space for interesting discussions of two important traditional divine attributes, omnipotence and omniscience.

A complete list of my posts about Sobel and his book is available here.

Posted by Kenny at April 1, 2011 3:31 PM
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Excellent series, Kenny. I've linked to this series on my blog.

Posted by: David P at April 2, 2011 9:09 AM

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