Thursday, October 23, 2008

Atheism is Godless and Naturalistic

The Definition

Atheism by definition contains no deity.
"[A]n Atheist's belief system is confined to one factor: the existence or non-existence of a deity.”

This means atheism, definitively, is "the distinctive lack of any belief in a deity." It cannot be the alternative, that a deity exists. The quote above allows the atheist one choice: god exists or does not exist.

Atheists, if they are consistent epistemologically, in other words, if the syntax in their statement on the the subject of god is consistent, will say a supernatural being does not exist.

If they are consistent, they cannot say that they believe a deity does not exist. To say only that one believes no gods exist leaves open the possibility (to an epistemically consistent person) that some gods may exist; it certainly leaves that impression in the minds of people who hear it.

Yet some atheists do, indeed, say they "believe god doesn't exist," or that they "don't believe in god"; or they make some other similar statement. It is a strange apparition in the English language, that one statement may be substituted for the other, usually without any distinction, any difference, in the purpose or the meaning of the statement.
“I don't believe there is a table in that room,” can mean the same as “I believe there is no table in that room.”

go to Naturalism is Epistemically Godless, continued
including "The Thought System;" "The Epistemic Semantics;" and "Semantics vs. Perception and Conception"

Ayn Rand's Philosophy not "A Propos" to Leiter's Naturalism

Brian Leiter of Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog could not be expected to be a fan of Ayn Rand, because of his contribution to the determinism of scientific naturalism. So it is not surprising that he "finds amusing" an article in "Slate" that describes libertarianism as "ideology [that] makes no sense," and says, "Utopians of the right, libertarians are just as convinced that their ideas have yet to be tried, and that they would work beautifully if we could only just have a do-over of human history.

go to Leiter Finds Free Market Ideas "Amusing" for continuation

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