Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism by Edward Feser

The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New AtheismThe Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism by Edward Feser

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Billed as a refutation of the New Atheists, this book is much more. A back to basics explanation of the philosophy of Aristotle and Aquinas, he explains the metaphysics at a level that is perfect for people with no training in philosophy beginning with the questions these philosophers were attempting to provide an answer to. I must confess, they were questions that I hadn't really thought much about. Feser takes you from the initial question - How is change possible, to an explanation of act and potentiality, the four causes and how if we accept teleology as an inherent part of nature that God is rationally unavoidable. A lot to think about in this book and I'll definitely be extending my reading into A-T philosophy in the future.

One word a caution. This book is highly polemic and while I found that entertaining, and kind of satisfying, it is probably not the best tactic for winning people to your position. Yes the Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens collective are shallow and ridiculous at times but sometimes a good argument can be lost in the insult trading.

No comments: