Presidential Address: The Rise of Atheism and the Religious Epoché

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Conference Proceeding

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Catholic Theological Society of America


In one of his more engaging biographical lectures, Bertrand Russell pays tribute to the Autobiography of John Stuart Mill for, one might say, waking him from his religious slumbers. My transposed metaphor from Kant may be totally inadequate to the event. It is hard to think of Russell as religious, but nigh impossible to think of this vigorous genius as slumbering. Nevertheless, Lord Russell honors the memory of the book that worked his freedom.