From Nigel Warburton: BBC Discussion Of Agnosticism: A Cop Out?

Full post here. (The link may not last long.  For future reference, it is the Richard Bacon show on the BBC, Tue June 29th, 2:13:00).

Is agnosticism a convenient middle path…a cop out…a way to split the difference and not confront the balance of evidence?

The Kantianism is thick here.  Here’s a quote from Betrand Russell:

As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic, because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one can prove that there is not a God.

On the other hand, if I am to convey the right impression to the ordinary man in the street I think I ought to say that I am an Atheist, because when I say that I cannot prove that there is not a God, I ought to add equally that I cannot prove that there are not the Homeric gods.”

See Also On This Site: The comments section of Theodore Dalrymple In The City Journal: Atheism’s Problems…From New York Magazine: If God Is Dead, Who Gets His House?

Did the ground shift some time ago?  Bryan Magee’s Talking Philosophy On YouTube

 

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