Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by Tom Gilson
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- How Peter Boghossian Gets Faith Wrong
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- Creating Atheists: Made, Not Born
- On “Creating Atheists”
- More Pretending From Boghossian
- Review: Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists
- No, This Part of My Argument Doesn’t Depend On Believing the Bible
- An Open Letter to Peter Boghossian On “Doxastic Openness”
- What’s Going On With Peter Boghossian?
I can’t help wondering what’s going on with Peter Boghossian.
In his debate with Tim McGrew on Justin Brierley’s Unbelievable a few weeks ago, he made no defense of his “pretending to know” definition for faith.
In that debate he made a move toward backing down on his definition, “belief without evidence.” Shortly after that his good friend James Lindsay said he really intended it to mean, “belief based on insufficient evidence.” Though I haven’t listened to it myself, I’m told that Boghossian put it that way himself in a podcast with Ignoranti not long ago.
It would appear from these developments that he is retreating on that front.
I’m told he also said in that interview that he’s getting burned out on atheism.
Meanwhile, he’s taking heat from other atheists and skeptics. The Council for Secular Humanism has criticized him severely for his extremism. The Godless Skeptic has dubbed him the “Deepak Chopra of Atheism,” mostly on account of strange things Boghossian has said on Twitter.
Many of his recent tweets have had the appearance of aphorisms, without benefit of common sense. Here’s one that could only be true if faith had nothing to do with believing:
Faith: Attempting to fool oneself because one thinks being fooled makes one a better person. #religion #tragedy
One problem there is that no one can possibly choose to believe what one knows one is fooling oneself into believing. It involves believing and disbelieving the same thing at the same time–something not even Boghossian says the faithful can do.
His Twitter feed is turning bizarre in other, even more obvious ways, with statements like, “Being published in the philosophy of religion should disqualify one from sitting at the adult table,” which relegates many not just believers, but also many prominent atheists to his “Kids Table.”
He also tweeted, “Philosophy needs to be rescued from metaphysics,” which is certain to alienate many other philosophers. He said so himself: “I’m looking forward to publishing my paper arguing that metaphysics has no place in the academy. Then I’ll have a new set of enemies!”
What’s going on with Boghossian?
Related: Peter Boghossian ostracizing atheist/agnostic philosophers at A Remonstrant’s Ramblings