Pure Objective Reason

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. As immanent, being-itself is just the ultimate nature of every natural thing.  So, how does this immanent being-itself manifest itself?  It manifests itself in all the categories of nature.   These are the categories of naturalistic ontology.  To use some language [Read More...]

Atheism and the Sacred: Being-Itself

Paul Tillich defined God as being-itself.  He argued that being-itself is not any being; it is not a thing, and it does not even exist.  For Tillich, being-itself transcends existence.  It cannot be identified with any being (neither with any particular nor with any universal).  It cannot be located within the categories of any ontology [Read More...]

The Impossible God of Paul Tillich

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart. Paul Tillich was a Protestant theologian writing in the middle of the Twentieth Century.  His writing is highly abstract, so you’ll have to forgive me for using abstract language here.  He is perhaps best known for his idea that God is the ground of being; that is, [Read More...]

Atheism and Possibility

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. The concept of natural creative power (natura naturans) is found in both Wicca (where it is the ultimate deity) and in atheistic philosophers (who do not deify it).  Natural creative power is the ultimate immanent power of being; it is [Read More...]

Atheist Ceremonies: De-Baptism and the Cosmic Walk

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. An earlier post presented nine theses on the possible future development of atheism and neo-paganism in America.  The third thesis is this: As the atheistic community grows larger, social and practical pressures will compel it to begin to develop rituals [Read More...]

Atheism and the Divinity of Truth

There’s been some great discussion here about issues related to truth – thanks! Still, I’m surprised that nobody has yet addressed the claims about atheism and reverence for truth. The real issue for me is whether or not atheists tend to agree with my last paragraph: Paul Tillich wrote that “whatever concerns a man ultimately [Read More...]

Do Atheists Worship Truth?

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. Although many atheists seem hostile to metaphysics, that hostility is misplaced.  Any deep philosophical position is bound to presuppose some metaphysics.  Pure reason is also highly abstract.  Should pure reason be constrained by empirical evidence?   How?   All efforts to specify [Read More...]

Nietzsche's Immoralism As Rebellion Against The Authoritarian Tendencies Of Moralities

Nietzsche casts himself, quite provocatively, as an “immoralist”.  In this post, I want to make clear what Nietzsche means by this term as a first step towards understanding the exact nature and scope of his hostility to morality.  As should already be apparent to longtime Camels With Hammers readers, I am optimistic about philosophy’s possibilities [Read More...]

Coming Soon To Camels With Hammers: More Nietzsche

I wrote my doctoral dissertation primarily on Nietzsche’s philosophy. In the first four chapters, I developed a textual, systematic reading of Nietzsche’s views on metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics, and in the fifth chapter I gave my own account of metaethics which attempted, on the one hand, to further develop, supplement, and systematize Nietzsche’s best ideas, [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X