|How Can We Believe Anything?
The Question of Truth and Reality in the 21st Century
The question of what we believe, and how we act on ourbelief, concerns
us all. On the one hand, our religious and political terrorists assert their
beliefs with indiscriminate violence. On the other hand, our postmodern
philosophers tell us we cannot believe anything. Meanwhile, our
neuroscientists and geneticists question the very notion of what it is to be
human. Many of us no longer know who we are or what to believe – if,
indeed, we can believe anything.
The thesis advanced here is that we can recognise the philosophical basis
of a universal system of belief which acknowledges our evolved
anthropocentric subjectivism. The possible structure of such a system is
described and its potential contents examined.
Jack Grassby’s book offers an approachable account of how a
humanist thinks about the big questions. Rather than indulge in
polemics, Jack takes time and trouble to explain how we can
account for a range of major issues.
This makes the book valuable for the general reader and
provides a good starting point for all those interested in
understanding the world around them.
Former Chair, Newcastle Philosophy Society