Richard Dawkins e o novo ateísmo: uma leitura crítica

Translated title of the contribution: Richard Dawkins and the new atheism: a critical reading

Francisco José de Jesus Oliveira*

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This article focuses on the work of Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, addressed together with his earlier works – The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker – and contemporary atheism, personalized in the new atheism triad (Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins). In this text it is argued on the one hand that Richard Dawkins in his work confuses philosophy with theology and that on the other hand the author mantains a certain idea of science and scientific knowledge that is dogmatized. These two dimensions of his work lead me to conclude that his arguments in favor of the “new atheism” against religion are driven more by an endemic fundamentalism than by a justified rationality.

Translated title of the contributionRichard Dawkins and the new atheism: a critical reading
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)433-454
Number of pages22
JournalRevista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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