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Excellent BeautyThe Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World$
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Eric Dietrich

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171021

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.001.0001

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Summa Mysteriologica

Summa Mysteriologica

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Excellent Beauty

Eric Dietrich

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter argues that, unlike religious mysteries, the excellent beauties can, beyond inspiring beauty and awe in a person, enrich a person's life in the way that religions would have, or could not have, done. Religion, after all, has already been argued as nonexistent—a product of human civilization, whose use might soon falter as humanity progresses. How could the excellent beauties—themselves already signifying the limits of science—thus become necessary to the human race? To find an answer, we must adopt a provisional epistemic attitude—an attitude that anything we know is known by us only provisionally. The provisional epistemic attitude says that we have to live with ignorance. The provisional epistemic attitude also says that we should all explicitly learn to live with randomness and probabilities. All these and more justify the significance of excellent beauties in our everyday lives.

Keywords:   provisional epistemic attitude, humanity, excellent beauties, religion, human civilization, religious mysteries

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