Short Talk

Is Human Life a Cosmic Accident?: Atheists' Contradictory Position

Description

Since the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, atheist and agnostic thinkers (i.e., materialists and positivists) have considered everything, including humans, as merely the product of accidental processes.  This means that human life no longer has any value or moral significance.  This talk examines the way that many thinkers, such as the eminent British philosopher Bertrand Russell, espoused this view, but also contradicted themselves by implying that humans are important.