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'''The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer''' is a 2007 book edited by [[Christopher Hitchens]]. It is a collection of essays concerning [[atheism]] and [[philosophy]] written by many authors including [[Carl Sagan]], [[Richard Dawkins]] and [[Daniel Dennett]], with written introductions by Hitchens' himself.
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'''The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer''' is a 2007 book edited by [[Christopher Hitchens]]. It is a collection of writings concerning [[atheism]] and [[philosophy]] written by many authors including [[Carl Sagan]], [[Richard Dawkins]] and [[Daniel Dennett]], with introductions for each selection written by Hitchens himself.
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== Contents ==
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* Introduction by Christopher Hitchens
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* Chapter 1: Selections from ''De Rerum Natura'' (''On the Nature of Things'') (1st century BCE) by Lucretius
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* Chapter 2: ''Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám'' (ca 1100 CE) by Omar Khayyám
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* Chapter 3: Of Religion, from ''Leviathan'' (1651) by Thomas Hobbes
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* Chapter 4: Selection from ''Theologico-Political Treatise'' (1670) by Benedict De Spinoza
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* Chapter 5: ''The Natural History of Religion'' (1757); Of Miracles, from ''An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding'' (1748) by David Hume
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* Chapter 6: ''An Account of My Last Interview with David Hume, Esq.'' (1777) by James Boswell
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* Chapter 7: Extract from ''A Refutation of Deism'' (1814) by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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* Chapter 8: Moral Influences in My Early Youth, from ''Autobiography'' (1873) by John Stuart Mill
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* Chapter 9: Introduction from ''Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right'' (1843) by Karl Marx
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* Chapter 10: ''Evangelical Teaching'' (1855) by George Eliot
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* Chapter 11: Selection from ''Autobiography'' (1887) by Charles Darwin
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* Chapter 12: ''An Agnostic's Apology'' (1893) by Leslie Stephen
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* Chapter 13: Miracle, from ''Le Jardin d’Épicure'' (''The Garden of Epicurus'') (1895) by Anatole France
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* Chapters 14-47: Work-in-progress
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* Chapter 14: Mark Twain: Thoughts of God, From Fables of Man; Bible Teaching and Religious Practice, From Europe and Elsewhere and A Pen Warmed Up in Hell
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* Chapter 15: Joseph Conrad: Author's Note to The Shadow Line
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* Chapter 16: Thomas Hardy: God's Funeral
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* Chapter 17: Emma Goldman: The Philosophy of Atheism
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* Chapter 18: H. P. Lovecraft: A Letter on Religion
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* Chapter 19: Carl Van Doren: Why I am An Unbeliever
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* Chapter 20: H. L. Mencken: Memorial Service
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* Chapter 21: Sigmund Freud: From The Future of an Illusion, translated and edited by James Strachey
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* Chapter 22: Albert Einstein: Selected Writings on Religion
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* Chapter 23: George Orwell: From A Clergyman's Daughter
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* Chapter 24: John Betjeman: In Westminster Abbey
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* Chapter 25: Chapman Cohen: Monism and Religion An Old Story
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* Chapter 26: Bertrand Russell: An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish
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* Chapter 27: Philip Larkin: Aubade Church Going
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* Chapter 28: Martin Gardner: The Wandering Jew and the Second Coming
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* Chapter 29: Carl Sagan: The Demon-Haunted World The God Hypothesis
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* Chapter 30: John Updike: From Roger's Version
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* Chapter 31: J. L. Mackie: Conclusions and Implications, From The Miracle of Theism: Arguments for and against the Existence of God
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* Chapter 32: Michael Shermer: Genesis Revisited: A Scientific Creation Story
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* Chapter 33: A. J. Ayer: That Undiscovered Country
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* Chapter 34: Daniel C. Dennett: Thank Goodness!
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* Chapter 35: Charles Templeton: From A Farewell to God, A Personal Word, and Questions to Ask Yourself
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* Chapter 36: Richard Dawkins: Why There Almost Certainly is No God, Gerin oil, and Atheists for Jesus
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* Chapter 37: Victor Stenger: From God: The Failed Hypothesis, Cosmic Evidence
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* Chapter 38: Daniel C. Dennett: A Working Definition of Religion from "Breaking Which Spell?"
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* Chapter 39: Elizabeth Anderson: If God is Dead, Is Everything Permitted?
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* Chapter 40: Penn Jillette: There is No God
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* Chapter 41: Ian McEwan: End of the World Blues
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* Chapter 42: Steven Weinberg: What About God? From Dreams of a Final Theory
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* Chapter 43: Salman Rushdie: "Imagine There's no Heaven": A Letter to the Six Billionth World Citizen
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* Chapter 44: Ibn Warraq: The Koran, The Totalitarian Nature of Islam
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* Chapter 45: Sam Harris: In the Shadow of God, From The End of Faith
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* Chapter 46: A. C. Grayling: Can an Atheist Be a Fundamentalist? From Against All Gods
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* Chapter 47: Ayaan Hirsi Ali: How (and Why) I Became an Infidel
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Revision as of 04:51, 16 December 2011

The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer is a 2007 book edited by Christopher Hitchens. It is a collection of writings concerning atheism and philosophy written by many authors including Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, with introductions for each selection written by Hitchens himself.

Contents

  • Introduction by Christopher Hitchens
  • Chapter 1: Selections from De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) (1st century BCE) by Lucretius
  • Chapter 2: Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (ca 1100 CE) by Omar Khayyám
  • Chapter 3: Of Religion, from Leviathan (1651) by Thomas Hobbes
  • Chapter 4: Selection from Theologico-Political Treatise (1670) by Benedict De Spinoza
  • Chapter 5: The Natural History of Religion (1757); Of Miracles, from An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748) by David Hume
  • Chapter 6: An Account of My Last Interview with David Hume, Esq. (1777) by James Boswell
  • Chapter 7: Extract from A Refutation of Deism (1814) by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Chapter 8: Moral Influences in My Early Youth, from Autobiography (1873) by John Stuart Mill
  • Chapter 9: Introduction from Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right (1843) by Karl Marx
  • Chapter 10: Evangelical Teaching (1855) by George Eliot
  • Chapter 11: Selection from Autobiography (1887) by Charles Darwin
  • Chapter 12: An Agnostic's Apology (1893) by Leslie Stephen
  • Chapter 13: Miracle, from Le Jardin d’Épicure (The Garden of Epicurus) (1895) by Anatole France
  • Chapters 14-47: Work-in-progress
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