agnosticism (ăgnŏs´tĬsĬzəm), form of skepticism that holds that the existence of God cannot be logically proved or disproved. Among prominent agnostics have been Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer, and T. H. Huxley (who coined the word agnostic in 1869). Immanuel Kant was an agnostic who argued that belief in divinity can rest only on faith. Agnosticism is not to be confused with atheism, which asserts that there is no God.

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Agnosticism: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! Agnosticism
Robert Flint.
William Blackwood and Sons, 1903
Voices of Unbelief: Documents from Atheists and Agnostics
Dale McGowan.
Greenwood, 2012
Icons of Unbelief: Atheists, Agnostics, and Secularists
S. T. Joshi.
Greenwood Press, 2008
Skepticism, Belief, and the Modern: Maimonides to Nietzsche
Aryeh Botwinick.
Cornell University Press, 1997
Huxley: From Devil's Disciple to Evolution's High Priest
Adrian Desmond.
Perseus Books, 1999
Thomas Henry Huxley
William Irvine.
Longmans, Green, 1960
Taking Disbelief out of the Closet
Dershowitz, Alan M.
Free Inquiry, Vol. 19, No. 3, Summer 1999
Philosophy after Objectivity: Making Sense in Perspective
Paul K. Moser.
Oxford University Press, 1993
Infidels and Heretics: An Agnostic's Anthology
Clarence Darrow; Wallace Rice.
Stratford, 1929
A Kernel of Doubt
Goody, J.
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 1996
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Can Agnosticism Improve American Public Life?
Kezirian, Richard.
Free Inquiry, Vol. 21, No. 4, Fall 2001
Against the Faith: Essays on Deists, Skeptics, and Atheists
Jim Herrick.
Prometheus Books, 1985
George Holmes Howison, Philosopher and Teacher: A Selection from His Writings, with a Biographical Sketch
John Buckham Wright; George Malcolm Stratton; George Holmes Howinson.
University of California Press, 1934
Leslie Stephen: His Thought and Character in Relation to His Time
Noel Gilroy Annan.
MacGibbon & Kee, 1951
Philosophy & Atheism: In Defense of Atheism
Kai Nielsen.
Prometheus Books, 1985
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