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Blog entries on '31 July 2007'

Tuesday 31 July 2007

Onfray once more

An interesting article on Michel Onfray's atheism over at the New Humanist which contains this nice quote from Jonathan Rée:


Onfray is the kind of philosopher who is impressed by how much human beings can know with certainty, and he assumes that believers claim certainty too. I’m much more interested in the amount we have to take on trust, and in that respect I think everyone has a lot to learn from a certain kind of believer: not the dreadful dogmatist, but the shy doubter (eg Kierkegaard).

We also learn, from Onfray fan Douglas Ireland:


It’s just silly for English-speaking philosophers to criticise him for not having elaborated on his philosophical project simply because they are incapable of reading him or simply haven’t bothered. Among his 31 books, Onfray has published no less than seven in which he specifically unfolds in great and inventive detail his theory and philosophy of hedonism.

His most recent in this area, La puissance d’exister: Manifeste hédoniste (Grasset, 2006; soon to be translated into English by University of Melbourne Press), is a brilliant summing up of his unique philosophical approach and the constructs which flow from it.

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Tuesday 31 July 2007

A Defence of the Book

Please take the time to read -- and comment on -- Alan Wall's provocative essay A Defence of the Book here on RSB.

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