Empires of Belief

Why We Need More Scepticism and Doubt in the Twenty-First Century

Stuart Sim,

Empires of Belief: Why We Need More Scepticism and Doubt in the Twenty-First Century
 
 
This book challenges all forms of fundamentalism and unexamined belief systems from a philosophical and sceptical viewpoint. Is unquestioning belief making a global comeback? The growth of religious fundamentalism seems to suggest so. For the sceptically-minded this is a deeply worrying trend, not just confined to religion. Political, economic, and scientific theories can demand the same unquestioning obedience from the general public. Stuart Sim outlines the history of scepticism in both the Western and Islamic cultural traditions, and from the Enlightenment to postmodernism. Setting out what a sceptical politics might be like, "Empires of Belief" argues that we need less belief and more doubt: an engaged scepticism to replace the pervasive dogmatism that threatens our democracies.


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