George Smith

George Smith nsIn existographies, George Smith (1949-) is a Japanese-born American libertarian philosopher and famous atheist (#91), of the Randian atheism (Randianism) variety, noted for his 1974 Atheism: the Case against God, wherein he discusses topics such as “implicit atheism” , disbeliever George Holyoake’s 1851 coining of “secularism” as a more neutral indirect term for “atheism”, among other topics. [1]

Overview
In 1972, Smith, at age 23, penned some kind of atheism book (Ѻ); which seems to be the draft for his 1973-finished (1974-published) Atheism: the Case against God (1974); along with two other atheism books.

Quotes | About
The following are quotes on Smith:

“Smith’s Atheism: the Case against God, is the best book on the topic of atheism, due to his strong foundation in Rand's philosophy of objectivism.”
— Steve Weiss (2014), YouTube forum post, Nov (Ѻ)

Quotes
The following are noted quotes:
George H. Smith (library)
A circa 2012 screen shot of Smith, amid his home library, during his “Interview with an Atheist” with Marilyn Moore. [2]

“It is my firm conviction that man has nothing to gain, emotionally or otherwise, by adhering to a falsehood, regardless of how comfortable or sacred that falsehood may appear. Anyone who claims, on the one hand, that he is concerned with human welfare, and who demands, on the other hand, that man must suspend or renounce the use of his reason, is contradicting himself. There can be no knowledge of what is good for man apart from knowledge of reality and human nature, and there is no manner in which this knowledge can be acquired except through reason. To advocate irrationality is to advocate that which is destructive to human life.”
— George Smith (1979), Atheism: the Case against God; most-liked (Ѻ) at Goodreads.com

References
1. Smith, George H. (1974). Atheism: the Case against God. Prometheus Books, 1989.
2. More, Marilyn. (2012). “Interview of an Atheist: George H. Smith” (parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), George Smith, Oct 11 – Nov 8.

Further reading
● Smith, George. (1991). Atheism, Ayn Rand, and Other Heresies. Prometheus Books.

Videos
● Smith, George H. (1996). “On the Moral Right to Resist Authority” (Ѻ), conference of the International Society of Individual Liberty, Libertarianism.org.

External links
George H. Smith – Wikipedia.

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