The Transcendental Temptation
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Release Date : 10 September 2013
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Genre : Philosophy
  • Pages : 523
  • ISBN 13 : 9781616148287

The Transcendental Temptation Book Summary

In this landmark work, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary. According to Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking—the “transcendental temptation”—which undermines critical judgment and paves the way for willful beliefs. Kurtz explores in detail the three major monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—finding striking psychological and sociological parallels between these religions, the spiritualism of the nineteenth century, and the paranormal belief systems of today. This acclaimed and controversial book includes sections on mysticism, belief in the afterlife, the existence of God, reincarnation, astrology, and ufology. Kurtz concludes by explaining and advocating rational skepticism as an antidote to belief in the transcendental.

The Transcendental Temptation

The Transcendental Temptation

Author : Paul Kurtz
Publisher : Prometheus Books
Genre : Philosophy
Total View : 875 Views
File Size : 51,8 Mb
Get Book

In this landmark work, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary. According to Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking—the “transcendental temptation”—which undermines critical ...

Toward a New Enlightenment

Toward a New Enlightenment

Author : Paul Kurtz
Publisher : Routledge
Genre : Philosophy
Total View : 4194 Views
File Size : 41,6 Mb
Get Book

Paul Kurtz has been the dominant voice of secular humanism over the past thirty years. This compilation of his work reveals the scope of his thinking on the basic topics of our time and his many and varied contributions to the cause of free thought. It focuses on the central ...

Skepticism and Humanism

Skepticism and Humanism

Author : Paul Kurtz
Publisher : Transaction Publishers
Genre : Philosophy
Total View : 658 Views
File Size : 42,9 Mb
Get Book

As we begin the third millennium there is cause for cautious optimism regarding the human prospect. Democratic revolutions and the doctrine of universal human rights have captured the imagination of large sectors of humanity, while major advances in science and technology continue to conquer disease and extend life, contributing to ...

Software and Mind

Software and Mind

Author : Andrei Sorin
Publisher : Andsor Books
Genre : Science
Total View : 8168 Views
File Size : 45,6 Mb
Get Book

Addressing general readers as well as software practitioners, "Software and Mind" discusses the fallacies of the mechanistic ideology and the degradation of minds caused by these fallacies. Mechanism holds that every aspect of the world can be represented as a simple hierarchical structure of entities. But, while useful in fields ...

Multi Secularism

Multi Secularism

Author : Paul Kurtz
Publisher : Routledge
Genre : Philosophy
Total View : 8555 Views
File Size : 43,6 Mb
Get Book

The contemporary world is witness to an intense controversy about secularism. This controversy has intensified due to the presence of fundamentalism, which challenges secular society and the secularization of philosophical ideas and ethical values. Secularists maintain that the state should not impose a religious creed upon citizens and should respect ...

The Humanism of Doctor Who

The Humanism of Doctor Who

Author : David Layton
Publisher : McFarland
Genre : Performing Arts
Total View : 5018 Views
File Size : 49,8 Mb
Get Book

From 1963 to 1989, the BBC television program Doctor Who followed a time-traveling human-like alien called “The Doctor” as he sought to help people, save civilizations and right wrongs. Since its 2005 revival, Doctor Who has become a pop culture phenomenon surpassing its “classic” period popularity and reaching a larger, more diverse audience. ...

Promethean Love

Promethean Love

Author : Timothy Madigan
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Genre : Religion
Total View : 8189 Views
File Size : 52,7 Mb
Get Book

The myth of Prometheus has inspired countless generations of humanists throughout the ages. Prometheus -- who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans to help them survive -- remains a symbol for those who reject theistic orthodoxies and who fearlessly challenge accepted beliefs. Artists such as Byron, ...

Exuberant Skepticism

Exuberant Skepticism

Author : Paul Kurtz
Publisher : Prometheus Books
Genre : Philosophy
Total View : 8536 Views
File Size : 53,9 Mb
Get Book

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 ...