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Purpose in the Universe: The moral and metaphysical case for Ananthropocentric Purposivism

Tim Mulgan


Two familiar world views dominate Western philosophy: materialist atheism and the benevolent God of the Abrahamic faiths. This book explores a third way. Ananthropocentric Purposivism claims that there is a cosmic purpose, but human beings are irrelevant to it. It develops a philosophical case for Ananthropocentric Purposivism that is at least as strong as the case for either theism or atheism. The book borrows traditional theist arguments to defend a cosmic purpose. These include cosmological, teleological, ontological, meta-ethical, and mystical arguments. It then borrows traditional atheist ... More

Keywords: theism, atheism, cosmic purpose, consequentialism, utilitarianism, God, evil, religious ambiguity, morality and metaphysics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646142
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646142.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Mulgan, author
University of Auckland / University of St Andrews