Philosophy of Religion – Sept. 26 th
An atheist, but still thinks the new atheists are radically wrong in their beliefs
Nostalgic for social justice movements
Marxist (CHECK THIS)
Identifies the best part of religion as social justice and mobilization and passion – particularly within
Doesn’t overlook the hypocrisy or violence or conflicts within religions though
Committing to social justice can end up looking like a leap of faith
Similar to certain religious ideals
Look up: “Behind the Veil” (of ignorance)
Imagine yourself behind a veil of knowledge where you don’t know where you are culturally, racially,
socially, etc. – no idea what life you could walk into
Know that you are a person in the world but now what you will be when coming out of the veil
From this perspective, what’s the system of distributive justice that you would come up with?
Come up with rational system – says this is one of only ways
Some people disagree and say that gambling is rational
If there is a big enough win, it’s perfectly rational to be prepared to take a risk
This argument can’t be won one way or the other unless you have a thick sense of what rationality
is – must challenge what it requires
This is where this issue becomes almost a matter of faith – cannot be completely rational or win
this philosophical argument
How do non religious people justify their beliefs/values that cannot be definitively argued? What makes our morals and values more right than those of religious people?
Are we any more defensible?
Person behind this speaks of un