Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe

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Suppose there is no God. This supposition implies that human life is meaningless, that there are no moral obligations and hence people can do whatever they want, and that the notions of virtue and vice, right and wrong, and good and evil have no place in the universe. Erik J. Wielenberg believes this view to be utterly erroneous and, in this thought-provoking book, he explains the reasons why. He argues that, even if God does not exist, human life can still have meaning, humans do have moral obligations, and human virtue is still possible. Wielenberg offers readers a cognent explanation of the ethical implications of naturalism--a view that denies the existence of the supernatural in human life. In his view virtue exists in a godless universe but it is significantly different from virtue in a Christian universe, and he develops naturalistic accounts of humility, charity, and hope. The overarching theme of Virtue and Value in a Godless Universe is what ethics might look like without God. Erik Wielenberg takes readers on an extraordinary tour of some of the central landmarks of this under-explored territory.

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Supposing there is no God might imply that human life is meaningless, and because there are no moral obligations, people can do whatever they want, since notions of virtue and vice, right and wrong, and good and evil have no place. Erik J. Wielenberg believes this view to be mistaken and in his book he explains why. He argues that even if God does not exist, human life can have meaning, we do have moral obligations, and virtue is possible.

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Erik J. Wielenberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaw University. He has written articles in such journals as Ethics, Religious Studies, Faith and Philosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese, and Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy. He has given lectures at a variety of professional conferences, including meetings of the American Philosophical Association and the Society of Christian Philosophers.

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