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A good point of view but a frustrating read
on 4 August 2007
Apologies in advance to academics wanting a review as thorough as Stephen A Haines' below.
This book came up on my Amazon recommended list after I read books on the subject of the modern relevance (or irrelevance) of religion, by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Lewis Wolpert, so I gambled on it and was mostly disappointed.
I'd have to disagree with some of the other reviews and say that the readability and accessibility of this book varies from chapter to chapter. In places it is very strong, particularly when it considers 'hot topics', for example the teaching in Mormon-run American schools or the money ploughed into pro-smoking 'scientific' research.
However I found that for my un-academic tastes, too much of this book was ungrounded philosophy for academia's sake- considering a bunch of other recent books on postmodern philosophy and criticising them. It feels like part of the ongoing treadmill, in which future publications will quote and criticise "Why Truth Matters" and collectively they all keep themselves in a job without coming to any conclusions that have any real impact to the casual reader.