Publications

The God Debates
A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers (and Everyone in Between)

by John R. Shook

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright: 2010

Summary:
The God Debates presents a comprehensive, non-technical survey of the quest for knowledge of God, allowing readers to participate in a debate about the existence of God and gain understanding and appreciation of religion’s conceptual foundations.


Exuberant Skepticism

by Paul Kurtz, Edited by John R. Shook

Publisher: Prometheus Books
Copyright: 2010

Summary:
For more than three decades, philosopher Paul Kurtz has been a strong advocate of skepticism, not only as a philosophical position, but also as a fulfilling way of life. Contrary to the view that skepticism is merely a negative, nay saying, or debunking stance toward commonly held beliefs, skepticism as defined by Kurtz emerges reborn as “skeptical inquiry”—a decidedly positive philosophy ready and able to change the world. In this definitive collection, editor John R. Shook has gathered together seventeen of Paul Kurtz’s most penetrating and insightful writings.


The Essential William James

by John R. Shook

Publisher: Prometheus Books
Copyright: 2011

Summary:
William James (1842-1910) was one of the most original and influential American thinkers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a professor at Harvard University he published many works that had a wide-ranging impact on both psychology and philosophy. His Principles of Psychology was the most important English-language work on the mind since Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding. His Varieties of Religious Experience practically inaugurated the field of psychology of religion, and it also remains a major inspiration for philosophy of religion. Perhaps most importantly, James publicized the movement of pragmatism and supplied much of its powerful momentum.


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