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Seven Types of Atheism - In conversation with John Gray

A New Statesman readers' event

  • Wednesday, 2. May 2018
  • Waterstones - Trafalgar Square

Call us:

020 3096 5791

 

Join the acclaimed philosopher and New Statesman contributor John Gray, to discuss his new book, Seven Types of Atheism, with Jason Cowley, editor of the New Statesman.

Copies of the book will be available to buy at a discounted rate of £15 for ticketholders (RRP £17.99) and there will be an opportunity for them to be signed after the discussion.

 

A meditation on the importance of atheism in the modern world - and its inadequacies and contradictions - by one of Britain's leading philosophers

'When you explore older atheisms, you will find some of your firmest convictions - secular or religious - are highly questionable. If this prospect disturbs you, what you are looking for may be freedom from thought.'

For a generation now, public debate has been corroded by a narrow derision of religion in the name of an often very vaguely understood 'science'. John Gray's stimulating and extremely enjoyable new book describes the rich, complex world of the atheist tradition, a tradition which he sees as in many ways as rich as that of religion itself, as well as being deeply intertwined with what is so often crudely viewed as its 'opposite'.

The result is a book that sheds an extraordinary and varied light on what it is to be human and on the thinkers who have, at different times and places, battled to understand this issue.

 

 

 

Location:

Waterstones, The Grand Building, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5EJ

Timings:

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Doors will open at 18:15

Discussion will begin at 18:30

There will be an opportunity to buy the book and get it signed from 19:20 onwards