Hegel Summer School 2011:
The New Atheism: Just another Dogma?
Saturday, February 12th 2011
Oases/Borderlands, 2 Minona Street, Hawthorn
10.00 – 5.00, followed by drinks
This year’s speakers and topics are:
Tamas Pataki: „The New Atheism: Just Another Dogma?“
Cameron Shingleton: „Overkill: Richard Dawkins and The Limits of Pop-Scientific Atheism“
Petra Brown: „Messianic Atheism: Giving the Golden Calf a Good Roasting“
Stephen Stuart: „Dangerous beliefs: Zealotry, Wisdom and Public Health“
The „new Atheists“, notably Christopher Hitchins and Richard Dawkins, have been getting a lot of media time, setting up a choice between narrow-minded and dogmatic atheism versus religious faith. This is a false dichotomy. Belief in God is consistent with a perfectly rational materialism, just as not believing in God does not necessarily imply a dogmatic assertion of the non-existence of God.
Our four speakers explore non-Deist alternatives to the dogmatic brand of Atheism now being promoted and expose the questionable foundations of the New Atheists. The need for a third way, over and above religious tolerance is important if a genuinely humanist way of life is to be possible in modern conditions.
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The Hegel Summer School invites you to a day of fruitful philosophical discussion in a collegial environment. The cost will normally be AUD 30 but we can offer a concession rate of AUD 20. Lunch and tea/coffee included.
Please pay in cash on the day and RSVP (including your dietary requirements) by COB on Tuesday, 8th of February 2011 to Lea Campbell on Lea.Campbell@gmx.net