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Competing Narratives in the Russell-Copleston Debate

Competing Narratives in the Russell-Copleston Debate

Andreas Gonçalves Lind and Bruno Nobre, “Competing Narratives in the Russell-Copleston Debate,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 76, no. 4 (2020): 1363–96, https://doi.org/10.17990/RPF/2020_76_4_1363.

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  • Competing Narratives in the Russell-Copleston Debate

    Type Journal Article
    Author Andreas Gonçalves Lind
    Author Bruno Nobre
    Rights © 2020 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural
    Volume 76
    Issue 4
    Pages 1363-1396
    Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
    ISSN 0870-5283
    Date 2020
    DOI 10.17990/RPF/2020_76_4_1363
    Language English
    Abstract In 1948, Bertrand Russell and Frederick Copleston entertained us with a radiophonic debate, on the BBC, concerning the rational proofs of God’s existence. This debate is primarily a product of Authors’ mindset. In this sense, every argument on each side presupposes a universal reason from which human intellect can grasp a certain degree of truth. Therefore, we would expect that the debate 75 years old to be outdated. Or maybe, Russell’s agnostic position could, at first sight, seem to be more aligned with a contemporary post-modern mindset than Copleston’s theism. However, we disagree with the aforementioned thesis. We will not argue that Copleston won the debate by means of reason alone. We will rather show that both positions emerge from different ontologies. And these ones are intertwined with specific narratives and its respective ways of life. For that matter, the Russell-Copleston debate substantiates the thesis of Radical Orthodoxy. Deep down, John Milbank’s “ontology of peace,” as opposed to the Nietzschean nihilism, emerges from this debate. In this sense, while Copleston’s argumentation grounds this narrative on an ontology of peace, Russell tends to follow in a nihilism capable of destroying the communion between different persons. In this sense, the debate is still up to date.
    Date Added 1/28/2021, 10:24:02 PM
    Modified 1/28/2021, 10:40:26 PM

    Tags:

    • competing narratives, Copleston, God’s existence, Russell.

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