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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Democritus (c. 460-370 BCE)

The Ontological Arguments

The Freethinker

Reasonable non-belief

Inquiry trumps faith.

"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion."

The Skeptic

Lack of empirical evidence

Discovery trumps revelation.

"Disease of the home and of the life 
comes about in the same way 
as that of the body."

The Secularist

Inconsistent revelations 

Reason trumps custom.

"Refrain from crimes
not through fear
but through duty."

The Humanist 

The argument from evil

Autonomy trumps piety.

"Everything existing in the universe 
is the fruit of chance and necessity."

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