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Title: Review of 'Purpose in the Universe'. By Tim Mulgan. (Oxford: OUP, 2015. Pp. 448. Price £50.)
Contributor(s): Forrest, Peter  (author)
Publication Date: 2017
Open Access: No
DOI: 10.1093/pq/pqw034
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Abstract: Tim Mulgan argues against both BT (Benevolent Theism) and atheism, and for AP (Ananthropocentric Purposivism), the thesis of a God (-analogue) who does not care about us human beings. He is agnostic about whether there is literally a God, so we may state AP thus: it is as if there is a God with a good purpose but we do not feature in this purpose. Mulgan's case, from religious ambiguity (p. 9), both supports and is supported by his combination of objectivism in metaethics with a utilitarian normative ethics that attaches great weight to suffering.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: The Philosophical Quarterly, 67(267), p. 412-415
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1467-9213
Field of Research (FOR): 220315 Philosophy of Religion
220305 Ethical Theory
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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