‘Our atheists are pious people.’ Stirner and Nietzsche on the relationship between religion and science Cover Image

‘Our atheists are pious people.’ Stirner and Nietzsche on the relationship between religion and science
‘Our atheists are pious people.’ Stirner and Nietzsche on the relationship between religion and science

Author(s): Paul Stephan
Subject(s): Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science
Published by: Central European University
Keywords: radical atheism; Stirner; the Ego; religion;

Summary/Abstract: Atheism is commonly justified by opposing religious belief to scientific reason. By using ideas and arguments found in the works of Max Stirner and Friedrich Nietzsche it is argued that atheisms justified in this manner ignore the inner connection between religion and science; both religion and science are modes of abstraction from immediate sensuality, and are logically and genealogically linked. It is shown that this insight could open the space for a new reciprocal understanding, establishing a common ground between religion and science.

  • Issue Year: 4/2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 71-85
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English