<i>Religion within Reason</i> by Steven M. Cahn (review)

Religion within Reason by Steven M. Cahn (review) BOOK REVIEW Religion within Reason. By Steven M. Cahn, New York: Columbia University Press, 2017. Pp. 105. ISBN 978-0-231-18161-7. Reviewed by Oliver Leaman University of Kentucky oleaman@uky.edu Although this book has the merit of being short, it is short in a bad way, since there is almost nothing of significance in it. About 90 pages of text might seem a short read, but since there is very little argument in it the passage from start to finish is tedious. There seems to be a stage that some philosophers go through of approaching a topic they do not know much about and thinking they have got to the essence of it by ignoring the detail, while in fact they have entirely bypassed the important issues. Some call this approach provocative, and it probably is a correct description, in the same way that a heckler who shouts out at a political rally "liar" is being provocative. No-one would claim that he or she is contributing to political philosophy, though. Cahn keeps on quoting a religious passage and then dismissing it because the obvious interpretation of it is problematic, and this reader kept on thinking "yes but". Such passages can mean so http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

<i>Religion within Reason</i> by Steven M. Cahn (review)

Philosophy East and West, Volume 68 (2) – Apr 10, 2018

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BOOK REVIEW Religion within Reason. By Steven M. Cahn, New York: Columbia University Press, 2017. Pp. 105. ISBN 978-0-231-18161-7. Reviewed by Oliver Leaman University of Kentucky oleaman@uky.edu Although this book has the merit of being short, it is short in a bad way, since there is almost nothing of significance in it. About 90 pages of text might seem a short read, but since there is very little argument in it the passage from start to finish is tedious. There seems to be a stage that some philosophers go through of approaching a topic they do not know much about and thinking they have got to the essence of it by ignoring the detail, while in fact they have entirely bypassed the important issues. Some call this approach provocative, and it probably is a correct description, in the same way that a heckler who shouts out at a political rally "liar" is being provocative. No-one would claim that he or she is contributing to political philosophy, though. Cahn keeps on quoting a religious passage and then dismissing it because the obvious interpretation of it is problematic, and this reader kept on thinking "yes but". Such passages can mean so

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