The Atheist’s Guide to Reality

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Although it came out late last year, Alex Rosenberg’s book, The Atheist’s Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life Without Illusions hasn’t been getting the press it deserves. Indeed, the comparative attention lavished on Alain de Botton’s much less interesting Religion for Atheists seems downright unfair. Probably Rosenberg’s title is largely to blame. He has all but admitted choosing it as a marketing ploy. This was probably a mistake. The title does the book no justice, since one thing The Atheist’s Guide has relatively little to say about is atheism. This has led people like this Independent reviewer to focus on complaining that the book offers little to atheists (more sensitive to logical solecisms than de Botton, Rosenberg declines to offer them religion) while ignoring its real topic.

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The 2010 Blackwell/Brown Lectures in Philosophy

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing and Brown University are pleased to present “Learning from Experience”, three Lectures by Scott Sturgeon, CUF Lecturer in Philosophy, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Wadham College, University of Oxford.

The three public lectures will take place consecutively from  Monday 29th November to Friday 3rd December 2010, as follows:

  • Theories of Visual Input
    Monday, November 29 at 4:00pm
  • Visual Episodes and Perceptual Justification
    Wednesday, December 1 at 4:00pm
  • Basic Epistemic Commitments
    Friday, December 3 at 4:00pm


All lectures will take place at:

Gerard House
Room 119
54 College Street
Providence, RI 02912

Click here for directions

Previous Blackwell/ Brown lecturers include Philip Pettit (2008), Frank Jackson (2006), Timothy Williamson (2005), John Broome (2003), and Kit Fine (2002), and to mark the occasion Wiley-Blackwell are offering a 20% discount on all titles in the accompanying book series (code: PHC10), valid on their website until 31st December 2010.

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