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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

Atheist conceptions of the idea of God often rest on a straw man fallacy that portrays a theistic view of God as Russell's teapot or as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Both of these conceptions view God ...
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Do atheists bear the burden of proof in showing why/how the reasons presented by theists are unconvincing?

I'd say the burden of proof is on the theist. The theist asserts the existence of some god. The burden of proof lies with the one making the claim.
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

Whether or not God exists is an objective question with an objective answer, however the argument beginning Is it true that "X" exists in reality only when we are aware of having experienced it, or ...
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Do atheists bear the burden of proof in showing why/how the reasons presented by theists are unconvincing?

I think gnasher729 and NotThatGusy make a great first point - "God" is too fuzzy a concept. Any discussion of God first needs to establish what properties we are assuming God has. However, ...
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Do atheists bear the burden of proof in showing why/how the reasons presented by theists are unconvincing?

The answer is not going to be "the theist has the burden of proof" nor "the atheist has the burden of proof". Before you can answer "Who has the burden of proof?", you ...
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Is the statement "They like curry chicken." an objective or subjective statement?

An objective statement is a statement about "the thing in itself", with reality as is rather than as perceived. The statement "my computer runs Mac OS" is objective. I start there ...
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Morality is subjective?

So even if a person felt (subjective) what he was doing was right, that wouldn't, by societal standards(objective), be considered right. That's not what those terms — subjective and objective — mean. ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

Is it true that "X" exists in reality only when we are aware of having experienced it, or are aware of our potential of experiencing it through our five sense organs, namely - eyes, ears, nose, tongue ...
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What are some theories attacking postmodernism preserving objective truth and morality without assuming a God?

Short Answer How can one argue against postmodernism for objective truth and morality without assuming a God? Post-modernist claims of pure subjectivism are largely hype. It's has been joked that a ...
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Do atheists bear the burden of proof in showing why/how the reasons presented by theists are unconvincing?

Unless one is a fideist, one is essentially bound to onus probandi. From WP: [T]he burden of proof lies with the one who speaks, not the one who negates... is the obligation on a party in a dispute ...
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Are pursuing the well-being and reducing the suffering of sentient beings objectively good things?

In the proposition IX, part III of Ethics, Spinoza operates the following reversal of concepts: it is not because we judge that something is good that we desire that thing, but it is because we desire ...
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Is the statement "They like curry chicken." an objective or subjective statement?

The other answers rely on either a non-technical understanding of the terms "subjective" and "objective" or depend on a particular philosophical viewpoint. This answer is viewpoint-...
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How to disprove "I'm entitled to my opinion"

Welcome to this SE, Daniel. I think the problem with the argument is what you are trying to prove: how can I disprove that there exists an inherent privilege (an entitlement) to believe whatever ...
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Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured?

Yes, see Solomonoff's theory of inductive inference. The idea is that you start with a formal language that lets you formally describe mutually exclusive hypotheses. And then we can measure simplicity ...
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Epistemic circularity and skepticism about reason

Your entire post starts with a suspect claim. Reason's own standards of justification require that any claim meet objective criteria independent of the believing subject. Says who? Is this a quote ...
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Do atheists bear the burden of proof in showing why/how the reasons presented by theists are unconvincing?

Practically in informal circumstances the burden of prove lies with whoever needs to convert the doubter. If you are an atheist trying to persuade a Catholic their belief is misguided, the burden of ...
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What is the distinction between Gegenstand and Objekt?

In German philosophy, the terms Gegenstand and Objekt are used to refer to different aspects of the concept of an object. In general, the term Gegenstand refers to the relation between a subject and ...
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Do atheists bear the burden of proof in showing why/how the reasons presented by theists are unconvincing?

Supernatural claims always carry a severe burden of proof. Since the typical theistic claim involves supernatural causes or effects, it also carries a burden of proof. In general, skeptics carry no ...
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Can disputes over what is reasonable or unreasonable to believe be resolved objectively?

It depends on what you mean by 'objectively'. If objectivity is taken to be the consensus of subjective agents, for instance, by subscribing to a convention, then there is, let's call it, a first-...
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Moral Non-Realists Responses to Suffering

A moral non-realist would probably agree with you that "suffering is bad" (in most circumstances, at least) however they would deny that this is an objective statement of fact about the ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

In this regard, if no one has experienced "God", it means "God" doesn't and cannot exist Not so long ago, no one has experienced diving the Mariana Trench; then someone did do so. Did the Trench not ...
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What are some theories attacking postmodernism preserving objective truth and morality without assuming a God?

To summarize an answer that became lengthier than I first intended: The woke and the fascists are both trying to bring about societal change away from the status quo as they see it. In that regard, ...
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Epistemic circularity and skepticism about reason

It is rather too strong to require that any claim meets objective criteria. But you are correct to say that if we ask what rational grounds there are for being rational, it is difficult to supply a ...
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Difference between 'neutral' and 'objective'?

Objectivity and neutrality aren't necessarily the same. Objectivity refers to taking a view or position on the available evidence. Neutrality refers to taking a view or position that is even handed. ...
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Objectivity and subjectivity

Here is one concept of objectivity, taken from SEP. Let's take objective properties to be qualities of an object that exist independently of a perception of that object; for example, the primality of ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

A lack of evidence for something is not evidence for a lack of something. By the very nature of the concept, it is not possible to "prove" (or really empirically determine, since true proof struggles ...
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Do atheists bear the burden of proof in showing why/how the reasons presented by theists are unconvincing?

I strongly disagree with the accepted answer. Proving the non-existence of something is in most cases impossible. In science, most of the time we need to prove the existence. That's what the Russel's ...
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What's the difference between objectivity and intersubjective agreement?

The dispute about realism travels through a spectrum of views. Most people, before engagement with philosophy of science, hold by direct realism (DR) -- that we can and do discern the reality of our ...
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Is there a name for the idea of inherent bias in an authority figure or expert?

You appear to be referring to self-selection bias. This is a well-known phenomenon in statistics, whereby self-selection into a category is correlated with other characteristics, and hence, inclusion ...
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Isn't the knowledge of the non-existence of "God", objective?

I have more senses than sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. In a dark room, I can tell you whether my right elbow is straight or not, to give one example, without seeing it or touching it. Nor ...
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