"Aesthetic Atheism" is Professor Tom Leddy’s term for a philosophical position that is atheist in that it denies the existence of God, souls and immortality, but is open to valuing religious experience as a kind of aesthetic phenomenon. This theory draws from his readings of such philosophers as Plato, Kant and Nietzsche. He argues that religious experience can be best described as an experience of the sublime. He has written about this theory on his blog: http://aestheticstoday.blogspot.com/2016/06/table-of-contents-for-aesthetic-atheism.html.
Thomas Leddy is Professor of Philosophy at San Jose State University where he has taught since 1983. He received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1981. He is author of "The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: The Aesthetics of Everyday Life" (2012) and edits a popular blog on aesthetics, Aesthetics Today: http://aestheticstoday.blogspot.com/
After the Forum, please join us for a lunch at 12:30pm. The lunch is complimentary for first-time visitors and students.
This event is sponsored by Humanist Community in Silicon Valley
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