“Hume on religion” – Paul Russell & Anders Kraal

STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY, October 4, 2005 David Hume’s various writings concerning problems of religion are among the most important and influential contributions on this topic. In these writings Hume advances a systematic, sceptical critique of the philosophical foundations of various theological systems. Whatever interpretation one takes of Hume’s philosophy as a whole, it is… Continue lendo “Hume on religion” – Paul Russell & Anders Kraal

Creating Sickness: to those recovering from religion (TheraminTrees)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRbnws-zITg&list=PLxUGladvZCEHJxsM_5wpJr1Fl0jcbxUTg&index=13 This video is dedicated to those recovering from religion. Opening quote: Oh wearisome Condition of Humanity! Born under one law, to another bound: Vainly begot and yet forbidden vanity, Created sick, commanded to be sound: What meaneth Nature by these diverse laws? Passion and reason, self-division cause. Is it the mark, or Majesty of… Continue lendo Creating Sickness: to those recovering from religion (TheraminTrees)

Agnosis: Theology in the Void (George Pattison)

IAGO I am not what I am. Shakespeare, Othello, I.I. FOOL Can you make no use of nothing, nuncle? LEAR Why no, boy; nothing can be made out of nothing. Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.4. It appeared to a man as in a dream - it was a waking dream - that he became pregnant with… Continue lendo Agnosis: Theology in the Void (George Pattison)

Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio: “Dealing with Christian superstition” (Robert M. Price)

Superstition is more than just believing in fiction. It’s a dangerous incubator for cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, and warped perceptual filters. Most of all, superstition cuts us off from experiencing the sublime and engaging in deep introspection. We deal with Christian superstition, from the notions of eternal damnation to the idea of a personal Jesus… Continue lendo Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio: “Dealing with Christian superstition” (Robert M. Price)

“How different really are atheists and believers?” – Costica BRADATAN

The Washington Post, November 16, 2018 Costica Bradatan is a professor of humanities at Texas Tech University. He is the author, most recently, of “Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers.” ‘If you want to understand atheism and religion,” writes John Gray in his new book, “Seven Types of Atheism,” “you must forget… Continue lendo “How different really are atheists and believers?” – Costica BRADATAN

“Tears and Saints versus The Evil Demiurge” (Mara Magda Maftei-Bourbonnais)

MULTICULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS. Literature and Discourse as Forms of Dialogue. Arhipelag XXI Press, Tîrgu Mureș, 2016. [PDF] Abstract: Even if it is difficult to judge whether Cioran was an atheist in everyday life or not (i.e. quite an uninteresting issue after all), researchers cannot ignore the relationship Cioran had with God in his written discourse. This… Continue lendo “Tears and Saints versus The Evil Demiurge” (Mara Magda Maftei-Bourbonnais)

“Insomnolent Anathemas – E.M. Cioran’s Unbelieving Gift to Theology” (Philip G. Ziegler)

Theology Today, 75(3), 391-398 Abstract: Over several decades during the second half of the last century, the Romanian-born Parisian intellectual, E.M. Cioran penned a series of uneasy works whose despondent obsession with God is matched only by their utter disavowal of the reality of the divine. Wrestling pessimistically with nihilism in world forged by chronic insomnia,… Continue lendo “Insomnolent Anathemas – E.M. Cioran’s Unbelieving Gift to Theology” (Philip G. Ziegler)

“The irony and obsessions of Cioran’s philosophy” (Marius Nica)

MULTICULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS. Literature and Discourse as Forms of Dialogue Arhipelag XXI Press, Tîrgu Mureș, 2016 [Full text] Abstract: The paper deals with some of the main characteristics of Cioran’s philosophical work and suggests a clear point of view on the so-called pessimistic attitude on life the writer is believed to have constructed. Moreover, the problem… Continue lendo “The irony and obsessions of Cioran’s philosophy” (Marius Nica)

“Human Progress Is a Lie: an interview with John Gray” (Johannes Niederhauser)

VICE Magazine, Mar 28 2013 Yes, we have drones and vaccines, but that doesn't mean civilisation is progressing. Haven't we humans come such a long way? In the past 200 years alone we've managed to abolish slavery (by moving it to the sweatshops of the Third World), rid our lives of industrial pollution (by moving… Continue lendo “Human Progress Is a Lie: an interview with John Gray” (Johannes Niederhauser)

“Falling into Salvation in Cioran” (Joseph Acquisto)

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, vol. 38: Iss. 1, Article 2, 2014. Abstract: While, at first glance, there seems to be very little room in the thought of E.M. Cioran for the notion of salvation, a closer look reveals that Cioran returns constantly to the vocabulary and the concept of redemption. This article… Continue lendo “Falling into Salvation in Cioran” (Joseph Acquisto)