Last fall, Harvard University Press published Religion Without God by Ronald Dworkin, Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law. Published posthumously—Dworkin passed away on February 14, 2013—the book has drawn praise from reviewers, who have also taken the opportunity to celebrate the author’s life. As Stanley Fish of the New York Times wrote, “Ronald Dworkin, a professor of law and philosophy at New York University, was arguably the most influential legal philosopher of the past 50 years.”

The book is based on talks Dworkin delivered in December 2011 as part of the Einstein Lectures at the University of Bern in Switzerland. The talks—“Einstein’s Workshop,” “Faith and Physics,” and “Religion Without God”—explore what it means for both theists and atheists to share an attitude of awe in the face of cosmic mysteries. What does it mean to be a “religious atheist”? 

In the months before and after publication, Religion Without God and Dworkin’s legacy have received a lot of media attention:

Watch his Einstein Lectures here.

Posted on December 20, 2013